[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 17 January 2013

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Jan 17 23:08:03 EST 2013


NORTHERN HAWK OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL

The Northern Hawk Owl that has been seen very irregularly in Costello
Creek Bog on the east side of Opeongo Road since November was reported
on January 12, 13 and 14. It was perched atop a tall spruce near the sharp
turn at the north end of the road and was being mobbed by Gray Jays on
January 13. 

One or two Great Gray Owls continue to be reported almost daily, but the
times and locations vary and persistence is usually required to find one.

Reports this week included:
-January 12: one along Opeongo Road
-January 12: one in the bog near Post 7 on the Big Pines Trail (km 40.3)
-January 13: one near km 24
-January 13: one that captured and ate a star-nosed mole between km 43
and 44
-January 14: one between Spruce Bog Boardwalk and the Visitor Centre
-January 14: one on the west side of Opeongo Road, 1 km north of Costello
Creek picnic area 
-January 15: one between Lookout Trail and Rock Lake Road (km 40)
-January 16: one near Post 4 on the Algonquin Logging Museum Trail
(km 54.5)


The leucistic Black-capped Chickadee first seen last winter at the junction
of Opeongo Road and the Cameron Lake Road was photographed there on
January 13.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Look and listen for them along Opeongo
Road.

Gray Jay: Regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
Three are coming to the Visitor Centre feeders.

Boreal Chickadee: One was at the Spruce Bog Boardwalk entrance on
January 14. Check the feeder area near the register box.


WINTER FINCHES: 

Pine Grosbeak: Small groups continue to be regular on the highway.
A few are under the feeders at the Visitor Centre on most days.

Red Crossbill: Best chance to see this species continues to be watching
for small groups attracted to the highway for grit.

White-winged Crossbill: A male is still comihg regularly to the
Visitor Centre feeders.

Common Redpoll: Small numbers are at the Visitor Centre feeders,
regularly, perhaps reflecting tree seed depletion. Nineteen were counted
at the feeders on January 14.


MAMMALS:

A few Moose are being seen every day along Highway 60. They may be
moving around more than usual at this time of year due to less snow depth.

Martens are being seen frequently in Mew Lake Campground and
irregularly at the Visitor Centre feeders.


CONDITIONS IN ALGONQUIN
Snow cover has been reduced to about 18 cm following the thaw.
See:http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/algonquin-park-we
ather.php#snow

To learn more about Winter in Algonquin Park, see:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/winter-in-algonquin-p
ark.php


DIRECTIONS:

Algonquin Provincial  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 is open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. It is
usually possible to access the building on weekdays as well. The Visitor
Centre has recent bird sightings, feeders and information. Visitors are
welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the restaurant seating area.
Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks are available to purchase, as well
as the use of a microwave.

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


Good Birding!

Ron Tozer






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