[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 13 March 2009

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Mar 13 18:01:09 EDT 2009

Summary of reported sightings this week:

Wild Turkey: still two birds in Two Rivers area this week.

Spruce Grouse: Spruce Bog Boardwalk near register box,
and Opeongo Road near and north of locked gate.

Bald Eagle: one off Visitor Centre viewing deck on March 8.

Black-backed Woodpecker: one along Opeongo Road well
north of locked gate.

Gray Jay: Opeongo Road, and Spruce Bog.

Boreal Chickadee: Spruce Bog parking lot, and Opeongo
Road north of Costello Creek culvert. Becoming vocal, and
hence more conspicuous.

American Robin: one at Visitor Centre on March 7 was early
for a year like this.

Red-winged Blackbird: male at Visitor Centre on March 13.

Pine Grosbeak: last 2 reported were at the Visitor Centre
feeder on March 11. Some milder weather has sent them north.

Red Crossbill: a few on Opeongo Road, and at Visitor Centre
parking lot.

White-winged Crossbill: very small numbers being reported.

Common Redpoll: 50+ at Visitor Centre feeders, and 30+ at
West Gate.

Hoary Redpoll: 1 at Visitor Centre feeder.

Pine Siskin: a few still around.

Evening Grosbeak: 10+ at Visitor Centre feeders.

Moose carcass off Visitor Centre viewing deck has been
reduced to bare bones and is no longer attracting birds or

Pine Marten: 1 at Spruce Bog, 1 at gate on Opeongo Road,
and up to four irregularly at Visitor Centre feeders.

Arowhon Road is closed to public travel this winter as log
hauling is underway.

Please report your Algonquin sightings to me
(including date, number and location) for our
park records. 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. The centre is open on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm.
This week the centre is open daily for spring break. When closed
to the public, access to watch the birds is possible by entering
at the service entrance and contacting the staff.

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