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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 2 February

This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Feb. 3, 2017) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.


Great opportunities to see, enjoy and photograph winter birds continued in
the Park this week.

Ruffed Grouse were seen regularly along the Visitor Centre driveway, and the
female Wild Turkey is still coming daily to the parking lot feeder there.

A Northern Shrike, perhaps the bird at Lookout Trail last week, was seen at
the Big Pines Trail parking lot on January 29 and near the Visitor Centre
feeders on February 1.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: One was observed in the black spruce along northern Opeongo
Road on the 27th. One or two were regularly found near the start of Spruce
Bog Boardwalk until the 29th, before disappearing back into the woodwork in
typical Spruce Grouse fashion later in the week.

Black-backed Woodpecker: A male was heard tapping, seen and photographed
back of the MOLOK refuse containers site in Mew Lake Campground on the 28th
and 29th. Another male was near the locked gate on Opeongo Road on the 30th.

Gray Jay: They continue to be regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo
Road near the locked gate and at the Logging Museum parking lot.

Boreal Chickadee: One provided great views, and a life bird for some, all
this week on Spruce Bog Boardwalk. It was seen at the entrance where people
are leaving bird seed on the railing and along the trail to the area of the
suet feeder at the register box. One of these chickadees was also found at
Mew Lake Campground where it was reported feeding in spruce with
White-winged Crossbills on the 29th.


WINTER FINCHES

Pine Grosbeak: Several were still coming for green ash keys at Lookout Trail
parking lot this week, and were best viewed from the vehicle since they
tended to fly when people got out to look at them. One or two were also
reported from Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Mew Lake on single days.

Purple Finch: Two were reported getting grit on the highway near Lake of Two
Rivers on the 31st. This species continues to be very scarce here this
winter.

Red Crossbill: Reports were of one to three birds at various locations along
Highway 60 and Opeongo Road, the same as last week.

White-winged Crossbill: Most observations were of ten or fewer individuals.
A total of 60 was reported from Opeongo Road on the 28th. They were seen
regularly at Mew Lake Campground and Spruce Bog Boardwalk this week.

Common Redpoll: This finch is present but in low numbers. Up to seven were
noted along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 28th and 29th, and five were
reported along the highway between Mew Lake and the Visitor Centre on the
31st.

Pine Siskin: One was observed at the Visitor Centre on the 29th, but the
species has been seen very infrequently this winter. A sighting of 60 with
ten American Goldfinches getting grit on the highway near Lake of Two Rivers
on February 1 was therefore unusual.

American Goldfinch: Numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders ranged from about
70 to 150 each day. They are also being seen on the road across the Park,
and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the Opeongo Road locked gate.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 140 were reported at the Visitor Centre feeders each
day this week, and small groups are still coming for bird seed left at
Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the locked gate on Opeongo Road.


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).

The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open on
weekends from 9 am to 5 pm in winter. The Visitor Centre is also open on
weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm with limited facilities, including 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: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



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