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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 1 December

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Dec. 1, 2016) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


There is relatively little change in the birding situation compared with
last week, but mild temperatures and rain have greatly reduced the snow
cover that we had.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed (currently
accessible via Arowhon Road).

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported at the old Sims Pit section of Arowhon
Road and at the rail bed chain gate nearby.

Gray Jay: Regular at Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and on
Opeongo Road (gated at Cameron Lake Road junction).

Boreal Chickadee: No reports. Likely due to fewer observers now and possibly
less vocal chickadees. Try the same areas as for Gray Jays.


WINTER FINCHES
Finch numbers remain low but species diversity is not bad for a poor cone
crop year.

Pine Grosbeak: One report of six at Costello Picnic Area on Opeongo Road.
So there are a few around.

Purple Finch: One at the Visitor Centre feeders was last seen on November
27.

Red Crossbill: Fairly regular sightings of small groups on the highway
pavement and shoulder, with a couple of larger flocks of 25-30 birds.

White-winged Crossbill: Small groups of this crossbill continue to be seen.
A flock of 35 photographed on the 27th at Spruce Bog Boardwalk were at black
spruce cones.

COMMON REDPOLL: The first report here this fall involved an estimated 200
birds noted by an experienced observer in the Lake Travers area of the
Park's East Side (accessible from the Pembroke area) between dawn and dusk
on the 26th. Birders should be looking and listening for redpolls along
Highway 60.

Pine Siskin: No reports.

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

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 50 individuals are now coming daily to the Visitor
Centre feeders.


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

DIRECTIONS:

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: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



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