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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 24 November

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Nov. 24, 2016) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Snow and ice (on ponds and smaller lakes) have arrived in Algonquin Park.

The bird feeders are now operational at the Visitor Centre (km 43 on Highway

Some birders continue to have 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 (from the locked gate northward,
accessible on foot).

Although finch numbers are limited in Algonquin so far, there is good
species diversity.

Pine Grosbeak: With the arrival of persistent snow and highway salting
operations, a few have been observed along the road in recent days.

Purple Finch: One has been coming to the Visitor Centre feeders. There are
probably a few others out there as well.

Red Crossbill: They are fairly scarce but observed occasionally. Typical
sightings involve one to six birds, although one flock of 25 was reported.

White-winged Crossbill: This crossbill is being seen more regularly than the
Red Crossbill. Flocks of up to 20 birds have been reported, with some
picking at salty snow along the highway shoulder. The Mizzy Lake Trail rail
bed and Opeongo Road are also good locations to look for them.

Pine Siskin: No reports from the Park this week, but a single bird at a
feeder near Oxtongue Lake west of Algonquin may indicate the presence of a

American Goldfinch: The Visitor Centre feeders are attracting about 20 each
day, and others are along the highway.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 23 individuals came daily to the Visitor Centre
feeders this week. They are less frequently seen there after mid-morning.

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.

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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