[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 1 March 2012

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Mar 2 06:38:45 EST 2012

More signs of spring this week included Common Ravens
gathering material to line nests and the arrival of our first
migrant, a starling briefly at the Visitor Centre feeder on
February 27 (about a week earlier than the average).

A conducted bird walk will be held at Spruce Bog
Boardwalk on Saturday, March 10, from 10 to 11:30 am.
Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee will be


Spruce Grouse: One was seen on Spruce Bog Boardwalk
on February 25.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was 200 metres past the
gate on Opeongo Road on February 25.

Gray Jay: Several were along Opeongo Road and at Spruce
Bog Boardwalk. 

Boreal Chickadee: Two were heard on Spruce Bog Boardwalk
on February 27 and there were at least three there near the
parking lot today.


Pine Grosbeak: Two near the East Gate on February 23; two
at Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot on February 26; and
six along Opeongo Road on February 27.

Red Crossbill: Two on the road at Mew Lake and two at
Spruce Bog Boardwalk on February 23. Three were at Spruce
Bog on February 26 and this crossbill was heard flying
over at that location on February 27.

White-winged Crossbill: Still being seen in small flocks.
Observed getting seed from black spruce cones along
Opeongo Road and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on February

Common Redpoll: Reports were numerous and widespread.

Hoary Redpoll (exilipes) : One was near the West Gate and
two on Arowhon Road with Common Redpolls on February
23. One was with 50 Common Redpolls on Highway 60 at
km 9 on February 25.

Pine Siskin: Large numbers reported. Many were extracting
seeds from spruce cones and some were feeding on eastern
hemlock. Pairs seen on the highway suggested nesting may
occur soon.

American Goldfinch: Thirty observed at the East Gate on
February 27.

Evening Grosbeak: About 20 at the Visitor Centre feeders
and two dozen at the Opeongo Road gate.


Moose: One or two are seen regularly along Highway 60.

Marten: Two were reported at Spruce Bog Boardwalk near
the suet feeder and one near the gate on Opeongo Road.

Otters: Two reported on Costello Creek along Opeongo
Road on February 23.

Eastern Chipmunk: Several reported this week.

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:
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:

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