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Algonquin Park Birding Update: late October - early November

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Nov. 10, 2016) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Birders have had some recent success in finding Spruce Grouse, Black-backed
Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee along the rail bed section of the
Mizzy Lake Trail (accessible via Arowhon Road). Gray Jays are also regular
at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and on Opeongo Road north of the second bridge.

There have been three reports (October 20 to November 6) of small numbers
apparently on the move. There is little here for this species to feed on
except for some lingering Winterberry (Ilex) and tree buds.

Cone crops are poor except for white cedar.

Pine Grosbeak: A single bird along the Mizzy rail bed on November 6 was the
first and only record to date.

Purple Finch: Most have left.

Red Crossbill: A few reports of small numbers.

White-winged Crossbill: Quite a few reports, usually involving small numbers
of flyovers but also some flocks of 30 to 50 birds. Some seen on black
spruce and tamarack. Most sightings have come from Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed
and Opeongo Road. Probably on the move in search of better cone crops.

Pine Siskin: No reports during the late October-early November period.

American Goldfinch: Most have left.

Evening Grosbeak: Small numbers (usually one to five birds) have been
reported at various locations.

Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).

Good Birding!
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

Algonquin Provincial Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).

In winter, the Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on
weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on
weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. BIRD FEEDERS ARE NOT YET OPERATING.

Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate.
Locations are also described at:

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