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Algonquin Park Birding Report: May 2

*This report was originally posted by Ryan Rea on ONTBIRDS (May 24, 2018) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Very few arrivals to report from Algonquin Park this week as we near the end of May. Three new species of warblers for this spring in the Park were recorded: Canada Warbler (May 18), Wilsonís Warbler (May 22), and an Orange- crowned Warbler (May 20). Lincolnís Sparrow arrived about a week later than average (May 20) and lastly, Yellow- bellied Flycatcher was reported May 19.

Algonquin Parkís boreal species were also observed over the last week, including:

* Spruce Grouse: A few were reported from the Spruce Bog Trail May 20-22. A female was seen on the Mizzy Lake Trail on May 23.

* Black-backed Woodpecker: A pair was seen (May 20) by the Little Madawaska Portage off of Highway 60. A male was also seen at the Spruce Bog Trail on May 23.

* Canada Jay: A pair was seen fairly consistently all week at the Spruce Bog Trail. An additional pair was reported on Opeongo Road, May 20. The Trailer Sanitary Station produced a pair as well on May 22.

* Boreal Chickadee: Still very few reports, however a pair was reported at the Old Airfield (May 21).

Most winter finches were still recorded this week but tin low numbers:

* Evening Grosbeak: Low numbers continue to be recorded from Opeongo Road and three were seen at the Visitor Centre all week.

* Purple Finch: Low numbers, but widespread reports from numerous locations.

* Red Crossbill: A few still being consistently seen at the Visitor Centre daily and low numbers being recorded at various locations.

* White-winged Crossbill: A pair was recorded on Opeongo Road (May 21).

* Pine Siskin: Still the most widespread finch in the Park, again smaller numbers recorded.

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. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. 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:<>

Ryan Rea- A/ Natural Heritage Education Specialist, Algonquin Park. Huntsville, Ontario.

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