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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 11 January

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (Jan. 11, 2018) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Here are some locations where birders observed the listed species during the past week:

-Spruce Grouse: one was found at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 4 and 10

-Ruffed Grouse: continue to be seen along the Visitor Centre driveway and under the feeders below the viewing deck.

-Wild Turkey: nine come daily to the Visitor Centre parking lot feeder, and two continue in Mew Lake Campground.

-Black-backed Woodpecker: no reports this week.

-Gray Jay: Opeongo Road, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and Logging Museum.

-Boreal Chickadee: no reports despite many birders searching.

-Bohemian Waxwing: report of two briefly at the Visitor Centre parking lot on January 9.

-American Marten: two continued to come to the Visitor Centre feeders, and one was observed near the winter gate on Opeongo Road.

Winter finches are coming to seed at the Visitor Centre feeders, Spruce Bog Boardwalk entrance and near the Opeongo Road winter gate.

-Pine Grosbeak: two at the Visitor Centre parking lot on January 9 and 10, and two at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 9

-Purple Finch: limited numbers continue, but a flock of 55 was at the Visitor Centre on January 10.

-Red Crossbill: seen regularly off the Visitor Centre viewing deck, along Opeongo Road, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and seeking salt and grit along the highway.

-White-winged Crossbill: reported regularly along Opeongo Road, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and seeking salt and grit along the highway.

-Common Redpoll: still scarce. One was observed along Opeongo Road on January 10.

-Pine Siskin: watch for flocks on the highway and Opeongo Road, plus at the Visitor Centre feeders.

-American Goldfinch: small and large flocks frequently noted on the highway.

-Evening Grosbeak: up to 40 daily at the Visitor Centre feeders, and some are now being attracted to birder-provided seed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the Opeongo Road winter gate.

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 and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm, and with limited services through the week as well. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at:

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