[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Update: 25 March 2010

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Mar 25 22:09:57 EDT 2010

The extent of snow melt is now suggestive of
conditions typically two or three weeks later.
Some birds have responded to the earlier appearance
of bare ground. Ruffed Grouse usually start drumming
when their display logs become free of snow, with the
average date in Algonquin Park being April 9 (30 years).
The first drumming was detected on March 24 this year,
tying the earliest date on record.

Arrivals this week included: American Black Duck,
Common Merganser, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Saw-whet
Owl, Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch.

Spruce Grouse usually begin flutter flight displays in April
here, but the first was noted on March 24 this year. Try
Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

A Black-backed Woodpecker was photographed at Wolf Howl
Pond on March 20.

Gray Jays are being seen regularly on Opeongo Road and
Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Boreal Chickadees are calling more often now, making
them easier to locate. Try Opeongo Road and Spruce Bog

We would appreciate receiving your bird observations for
our Visitor Centre records.

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

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 near 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 details on recent sightings,
feeders, and park information, and is open this weekend from
10 am to 5 pm.  Hot and cold drinks and snacks are available
in the restaurant this winter, but not full meal service.

Birder access to the Visitor Centre through the servi

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