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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 9 February

This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Feb. 9, 2017) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Tomorrow, February 10, will be the second Bird Feeder Friday this
winter. The Visitor Centre webcams will be aimed at the bird feeders from 8
am to 5 pm. To see large numbers of Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders, an
uncommon occurrence in southern Ontario since the 1970s, watch tomorrow at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/virtual/webcam/feeder_friday.php

You will also be able to see a review of observations from Bird Feeder
Friday on January 20th.

The most recent observation of a Northern Goshawk at Spruce Bog Boardwalk
was on the 5th. A Northern Shrike was chased by Blue Jays near the Visitor
Centre deck on the 4th and likely the same bird was hunting goldfinches at
the parking lot feeder there the next day.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: There were no reports this week but the Spruce Bog Boardwalk
birds will likely be found again soon.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the
5th.

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

Boreal Chickadee: At least one continued to be seen regularly near the start
of Spruce Bog Boardwalk and around the suet feeder there. Another individual
was found at Mew Lake Campground.


WINTER FINCHES

Pine Grosbeak: A few were seen along Highway 60 this week. One was at Spruce
Bog Boardwalk on several days.

Purple Finch: Four males were reported with some siskins at km 20 on the
4th.

Red Crossbill: Most sightings were again of only one to three birds, but
were widespread. There were twenty near Lake of Two Rivers on the 6th.

White-winged Crossbill: This crossbill was also usually seen in fairly small
numbers, but sightings were regular. High numbers were about 20.

Common Redpoll: Sightings of very small numbers continued. On the 5th, there
were reports of two on Bat Lake Trail and five on Mizzy Lake Trail.

Pine Siskin: A gradual increase may be occurring. There were 25 at km 10 on
the 3rd and 30 on Mizzy Lake Trail on the 4th. However, most reports
involved small numbers.

American Goldfinch: Up to 120 continued at the Visitor Centre feeders daily.

Evening Grosbeak: The Visitor Centre feeders attracted at least 100 every
day. Small groups are still coming for bird seed left at Spruce Bog
Boardwalk and near the locked gate on Opeongo Road, 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
 
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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