[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 29 March 2012

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Mar 29 21:54:59 EDT 2012


The return of cooler temperatures seemed to largely end the
influx of new arrivals. All lakes along Highway 60 became
ice-free during the week, setting all-time early records for that.


NOTABLE SIGHTINGS:

Long-eared Owl: One photographed roosting in white pines
on the south side of the Old Airfield on March 23 was the
earliest spring record of a rarely observed species in Algonquin.

House Finch: A male at the Visitor Centre feeder on March 23
was the first record in the Park since 2008.


BOREAL SPECIES:

Spruce Grouse: One was reported at Spruce Bog Boardwalk
on March 25.

Black-backed Woodpecker: On March 25, a male was on
a sign post at km 8 and another male was on red pine between
Posts 7 and 8 on the Lookout Trail.

Gray Jay: Opeongo Road is the best location.


Boreal Chickadee: Try the strip of spruce between the south
side of the Old Airfield and the Madawaska River. Along the
black spruce section of Opeongo Road north of the bridge is
also good.



FINCHES:

Purple Finch: Widespread and in song.

Red Crossbill: Two reported at Mew Lake on March 25.

White-winged Crossbill: Ten on Opeongo Road on March
23 and two at km 8 on March 25.

Common Redpoll: Singles heard in flight at the Old Airfield
on March 23 and at Lookout Trail on March 25. At least two
were at the Visitor Centre feeders today. Notably, despite fairly
good numbers of this species during the winter, very few have
visited feeders in Algonquin.

Pine Siskin: Heard and seen almost everywhere.

American Goldfinch: Regular.

Evening Grosbeak: At least 20 continue at the Visitor Centre
feeders. 


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 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 are usually 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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