[Ontbirds]Algonquin Park Bird Report: 25 October 2008

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Sat Oct 25 10:55:29 EDT 2008

This week's most interesting birding news in Algonquin Park
concerned winter finches, with Common Redpoll being
recorded for the first time this fall. Finch sightings included:

-Purple Finch: a couple were seen, but most appear to
have departed.

-Red Crossbill: none reported this week.

-White-winged Crossbill: observers are reporting flocks
regularly, usually flying over, but overall numbers
remain moderate.

-Common Redpoll: three on Opeongo Road on October 24
were the first here this fall, and perhaps the vanguard of
more to come.

-Pine Siskin: small numbers continue to be reported,
with many involving fly-overs.

-Evening Grosbeak: up to 16 visited seed scattered on
the ground at the Visitor Centre, and a few were noted at
other sites as well.

Spruce Grouse, Gray Jays and Boreal Chickadees continued
to be observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and Opeongo Road.

Notably late records included Double-crested Cormorant
(Opeongo Access Point), and Eastern Bluebird (five on
Opeongo Road) on October 24.

Please report your Algonquin Park sightings (including date,
number and location) to me for our Algonquin Visitor Centre
databank. Thanks.

Good birding.

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, Ontario

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 along Highway
60 in the Park go from the West Gate (km 0) to the East Gate
(km 56). Get your park permit and the park tabloid (with a map
of birding locations mentioned here) at the gates.

The Visitor Centre at km 43 has recent bird sightings and
information. Exhibits and restaurant are open daily, 10 am to 5 pm,
until October 26. The centre will be open on weekends during the
winter, from 10 am to 4 pm.

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