[Ontbirds]Re: ONTBIRDS Digest, Vol 35, Issue 7

Don Sutherland lori.h at sympatico.ca
Sat Jan 6 13:48:42 EST 2007

Hi Ron,

I would have emailed you sooner, but I've been down with the flu (bedridden 
most of 4 days) since the 1st. Some more details on the American Three-toed 
Woodpeckers that I saw on the count:

1) The first, a female, was about 10-15 m in from the east end of the 
snowplow turnaround, just east of the little creek, on the north side of Hwy 
60 opposite the northwest end of Jake Lake (UTM: 690406 5048772, NAD83, map 
31E/10). At about 0815h I heard it tapping. It wouldn't respond to BDOW 
calls or squeaking (though a male BBWO did, coming N across the highway from 
the west side of Jake Lake), so I went in after it.

2) The second, a male, was about 10 m in (west) of hydro pole # 'B1 2' on 
the Summer HQ/WRS road south of Bat Lake Creek (running out of Davies Bog 
into the N Madawaska R) (UTM: 693723 5050424, NAD83, map 31E/10). I had been 
looking unsuccessfully for SPGR in the spruce fringe bordering the creek and 
Davies Bog and was returning to the road when I heard it tapping. It was 
about 2-1/2 m up in a dead stub. There were several other stubs and spruce 
trunks nearby which had also been worked over. Has anyone seen SPGR at this 
location recently?

For the record: BBWO-1 (male, responded to BDOW calls) came from S at site 
#1 (above); BBWO-2 (female, did not respond to BDOW calls, located by 
tapping) on Jack Lake portage, ~100m N of Hwy 60 [BDOW at roughly same 
location, responded to calls and squeaking, flying in quietly, perching 
briefly, before flying off]; BBWO-3 (female, silent, located by tapping), 
Two Rivers Hill on N side Hwy 60 opposite hydro pole # '75'; BBWO-4 (male, 
responded to BDOW calls/squeaking), Two Rivers Hill on N side Hwy 60 
opposite hydro pole # '68'; BBWO-5 (female, silent, heard tapping), ~20 m W 
of Trailer Sanitation Station Rd., 230 m N of Hwy 60.

Best wishes to all in the New Year



 s > Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 18:21:09 -0500
> From: Ron Tozer <rtozer at vianet.on.ca>
> Subject: [Ontbirds]American Three-toed Woodpeckers in Algonquin Park
> To: ontbirds <ontbirds at hwcn.org>
> Message-ID: <C1C44795.E343%rtozer at vianet.on.ca>
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> After 63 participants on the Algonquin CBC of December 30 observed
> a total of 10 American Three-toed Woodpeckers, a number of birders
> have come to the Park in search of this (and other) species. In order to
> assist birders in finding this woodpecker here, please email me privately
> with the date and specific location of any sightings in Algonquin Park
> since December 31. Thanks.
> Norm Murr reported a female American Three-toed Woodpecker at the
> west end of Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot on January 3. I am not
> aware of any subsequent sightings at that location, however.
> Ron Tozer
> Dwight, Ontario
> Directions:
> Algonquin 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
> on Highway 60 in the park go from the West Gate (km 0) to the East Gate 
> (km
> 56). Permits and information are available daily at both gates throughout
> the winter. The Visitor Centre (km 43) is open weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 
> p.m.,
> and recent bird sightings and information, plus feeders, can be found 
> there.

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