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43rd Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count: Friday, 30 December

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Jan. 1, 2017) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

The day was mostly cloudy, with occasional light flurries. A wind out of the
northwest with gusts from 20 to 35 kph probably inhibited observer ability
to hear birds such as woodpeckers, creepers and kinglets. Temperatures
ranged from minus 8 degrees C in the pre-dawn to minus 11 degrees in late
afternoon, making it more comfortable than many previous counts. A maximum
of about 30 cm of snow on the ground made the use of snowshoes and skis

Total Observers: 76
Total Species: 25 (average is 27)
Total Individuals: 2,743 (average is 4,576)
Birds per Party Hour: 14 (average is 25)

New Species for the Count: none

Count Week Species: Snow Bunting (1 in Visitor Centre parking lot on
December 27), and Red-winged Blackbird (immature male at Visitor Centre
feeder on December 28).

Notable Miss: Barred Owl (not found only once before in 42 previous counts).

Winter Finches:

-Pine Grosbeak: 39
Some were seen feeding on the abundant samaras of Green Ash (introduced) at
Mew Lake Campground entrance and in Whitefish Group Campground.

-Red Crossbill: 214
They were noted getting seeds from Black Spruce and Eastern Hemlock cones.
At least two call types were thought to be present on the count.

-White-winged Crossbill: 466

-Common Redpoll: 59

-Pine Siskin: 6

-American Goldfinch: 73

-Evening Grosbeak: 284
About 175 were at the Visitor Centre feeders.

Complete count results are posted at:

Thanks to all the participants and those who helped organize and undertake
the count this year.

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park CBC Compiler
Dwight, ON

Algonquin 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.

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