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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 5 January

This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Jan. 6, 2017) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

A Northern Goshawk carrying a Spruce Grouse was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk
on January 1st. The grouse could have been the banded male that is at least
nine years old. Check any male grouse seen there for a greenish-blue band on
the left leg.

Bohemian Waxwings are still being seen occasionally, including four
photographed at the Visitor Centre on January 2nd.

Spruce Grouse: Observed during the week at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was reported on three days this week at Spruce
Bog Boardwalk.

Gray Jay: Continue to be regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road
near the locked gate.

Boreal Chickadee: This species has been difficult to find this week, with
only six reported by the 76 observers on the December 30th CBC. One was
observed along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 4th.

Pine Grosbeak: Check the Green Ash trees near the entrance to Mew Lake
Campground where a few continue to feed on the abundant samaras. Some have
been reported along the highway as well.

Red Crossbill: Small numbers are being observed regularly, often feeding on
the seeds of Black Spruce cones. Also watch for them on the highway seeking
sand and salt.

White-winged Crossbill: This crossbill is being seen daily at various
locations along the highway and on the trails.

Common Redpoll: A few have started to appear in the Park. Watch for them on
the highway. Some were observed in siskin flocks.

Hoary Redpoll: A bird of the "Southern" subspecies was noted in a flock of
45 siskins and two Common Redpolls getting grit off the highway near Lake of
Two Rivers on January 2nd.

Pine Siskin: After just six were reported on the December 30th CBC, flocks
of 30 to 50 birds were being seen along the highway later in the week.

American Goldfinch: Up to 30 came to the Visitor Centre feeders each day.

Evening Grosbeak: As many as 175 were counted at the Visitor Centre feeders,
where they continue to be most numerous in the morning. Sunflower seed put
out by visitors at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the Opeongo Road locked
gate attracted small flocks as well.

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).

The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 will be open
daily until January 8, and on weekends after that, from 9 am to 5 pm. The
Visitor Centre is open on weekdays in winter from 9 am to 4 pm, with
self-serve hot and cold beverages plus snacks available in the restaurant.

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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