[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 2 February 2012

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Feb 2 20:30:29 EST 2012


The largest snowfall of the winter on the weekend and fairly
comfortable temperatures this week made great conditions for
exploring winter in Algonquin. Most visiting birders were
rewarded with a variety of finches, but Spruce Grouse and
Black-backed Woodpecker eluded those who reported their
finds.

Noteworthy sighting:

Bohemian Waxwing: Five were perched in trees at the Visitor
Centre parking lot on January 26.


BOREAL SPECIES:

Spruce Grouse: No reports.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No reports.

Gray Jay: Six reported along Opeongo Road and six at
Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 31.

Boreal Chickadee: Look for them in flocks of Black-capped
Chickadees. Two on Bat Lake Trail on January 29. One at
Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 28 and 31. Two reported
near the gate on Opeongo Road on January 31 and today.


FINCHES:

Pine Grosbeak: Three along the northern section of Opeongo
Road on January 31.

Purple Finch: At least four were at the Visitor Centre feeders
today. Natural seed sources farther north or locally may be
diminishing now as suggested by increased numbers of this
species recently at nearby Muskoka feeders as well.

Red Crossbill: Observations appear to be increasing. Several
sightings of birds on the highway getting salt and grit this week.

White-winged Crossbill: Reported regularly in flight and on the
highway. Some larger flocks observed.

Common Redpoll: Flocks continue on the highway, often mixed
in with Pine Siskins.

Pine Siskin: Watch for flocks on the highway. Flock of 60-70 on
Opeongo Road on January 31.

American Goldfinch: A few coming daily to the Visitor
Centre feeders. Some noted regularly along the highway.

Evening Grosbeak: About 60 are regularly at the Visitor Centre
feeders, mainly in the morning. Flocks of 27 at Mew Lake
Campground on January 28 and 50+ on Opeongo Road on
January 31.


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

Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON

Directions:
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 Visitor Centre restaurant is not open this winter but
visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the seating area.
Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks are available to purchase,
as well as the use of a microwave. The Visitor Centre is open on
weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.

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.

For more information see Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/






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