[Ontbirds] Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Northern Goshawks, LeConte's Sparrow - Algonquin Park

Jeff Skevington jeff_skevington at yahoo.ca
Fri Oct 12 21:04:29 EDT 2007

Hello Ontbirders,

I was birding Lake Traverse on the east side of
Algonquin Park again today. The first of the northern
finches are starting and it appears that it could be a
Northern Goshawk migration year. I had 4 of the
latter, including an adult female eating an American
Black Duck it had caught. Finches included: 2 Pine
Grosbeaks, 4 Common Redpolls, 11 Red Crossbills, 1
Purple Finch and 2 Pine Siskins. Highlight of the day
was watching a LeConte's Sparrow from 3 m away as snow
fell around it at dawn. 

There was a modest raptor movement (good for
Algonquin) today: 4 Turkey Vultures, 2 Osprey, 8 Bald
Eagles, 5 Northern Harriers, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 22
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 American
Kestrel, 1 Merlin and of course the 4 Northern

Other highlights included 2 Red-necked Grebes, 2
Lapland Longspur, and 1 Black-backed Woodpecker.

Lake Traverse is at the end of Sand Lake Road (nearest
towns are Petawawa and Pembroke). Access is primarily
by canoe. The raptors were mostly moving down the east
side of the lake. The LeConte's Sparrow was in a marsh
mid-way up the west side of the lake.

Good birding,


Jeff Skevington, Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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