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Algonquin Park Birding Report: 31 May

*This report was originally posted by Ron Tozer on ONTBIRDS (May 31, 2018) and is provided here with the kind permission of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Most species seen this week were summer residents, with only a few late migrants still being reported. Our weekly birding updates will start again in the Fall. Thanks to everyone for your observations and support.

Spruce Grouse are harder to find now. Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Three Black-backed Woodpecker males and a female were noted along the rail bed section of Mizzy Lake Trail on May 26. Canada Jay is most reliably found along the northern part of Opeongo Road and along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, but they are inconspicuous now that the young are fledged. One or two Boreal Chickadees were found regularly this week at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Olive-sided Flycatchers were seen and heard along Spruce Bog Boardwalk, the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

A couple of Evening Grosbeaks were reported at the Visitor Centre. A few Red Crossbills and White-winged Crossbills are still being observed. Pine Siskins are regular in very low numbers.

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 daily from 9 am to 5 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:

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