[Ontbirds] OFO Algonquin Park Trip

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Sat Apr 25 18:24:58 EDT 2009

About 75 people in 31 cars participated in a successful Algonquin Park
birding trip 
today, the 20th year for this OFO outing. Occasional rain did not
significantly hinder
our efforts. The combined observer list totaled 67 species.

Highlights for many were the male and female Spruce Grouse north of the
register box on 
Spruce Bog Boardwalk, the two Boreal Chickadees that Maris Apse spotted for
us at Spruce 
Bog Boardwalk parking lot and which provided excellent views, and the male
Woodpecker excavating a nest cavity in the second utility pole west of Leaf
Lake Ski Trail 
(km 53.8). A record was set when Gray Jay was not seen all day, for the
first time in the 20
years of these outings. Unfortunately, the decline of the Gray Jay in
Algonquin Park due to
climate warming has now reached the point where it is quite easy to miss
this species in late
April, when the birds are focused on feeding young in the nest.

Other noteworthy sightings included:

American Wigeon: pair on Lake of Two Rivers after heavy rain

Blue-winged Teal: pair on Costello Creek

Green-winged Teal: pair on Sunday Creek at Spruce Bog Boardwalk

Red-necked Grebe: one on Lake of Two Rivers after heavy rain

Merlin: pair at a nest in white pine at east end of West Gate parking lot

Eastern Towhee: singing male along Tea Lake Dam road

I would like to thank all the participants today, and especially Kevin Clute
who assisted ably 
with finding the birds.

Ron Tozer

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