[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 10 November 2011

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Nov 11 09:01:35 EST 2011

Algonquin continued with relatively mild temperatures and no snow on the
ground until the end of the week.

Noteworthy Sightings:

Common Loon: an adult feeding a fish to a large but perhaps still flightless
young bird was photographed at the Opeongo Access Point on November 4. We
have only one later November date in our records for this behaviour. Common
Loons have been known to re-nest up to three times if failures occur early
in the nesting cycle, which rarely results in young being tended by an adult
very late in the fall.

Red-headed Woodpecker: a juvenile was flying over Highway 60 just east of
Opeongo Road on November 8. This extreme rarity here is the third in the
area this fall, following a juvenile photographed at a feeder in Whitney in
mid October and an adult at Wolf Howl Pond in the Park on October 30.

Boreal Species:

Spruce Grouse: observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and along Opeongo Road

Black-backed Woodpecker: no reports on Highway 60. Five were observed on
the East Side along Barron Canyon Road on November 8.

Gray Jay: seen regularly at Wolf Howl Pond on Mizzy Lake Trail, Spruce Bog
Boardwalk, and along Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: observed on Opeongo Road and in the Wolf Howl Pond and
West Rose Lake area.


Observations were almost entirely of birds flying over or landing only
briefly, clearly on the move. A single American Goldfinch was at the Visitor
Centre feeders on November 10.

White-winged Crossbill: small flocks flying over occasionally.

Common Redpoll: small flocks flying over observed every day.

Pine Siskin: small numbers.

American Goldfinch: a few at various sites.

Evening Grosbeak: a few irregularly at the Visitor Centre, and one at km 8
on November 7.

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. Locations are also described
at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
The Visitor Centre at km 43 has recent bird sightings, feeders, and
information. The centre will be open on weekends only until December 27,
from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre restaurant will not be open this
winter. Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the seating
area.  Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks will be available to
purchase, as well as the use of a microwave.

Birders visiting during the week may be able to enter the Visitor Centre to
view the feeders and exhibits. Check in with staff to find out what birds
are being seen.

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