[Ontbirds] Red Crossbills, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Great Gray Owl
mruntz at start.ca
Wed Feb 13 22:29:18 EST 2013
Today I birded the two eastern access roads in Algonquin Provincial Park.
First I covered the Barron Canyon Road from the gate to Lake Travers.
Red-breasted Nuthatches were the most common birds. There were several
small flocks of Red Crossbills of the small-billed type. There were only a
few of the larger-billed types but one of those was in full song. The only
other finches observed was a small flock of White-winged Crossbills.
Notably there were 5 Black-backed Woodpeckers, 20 Gray Jays, and one Boreal
Chickadee along the road. NOTE: log hauling is taking place on weekdays
from the gate to Km 52 (Lake Travers is at km 72). A CB radio is
recommended if going on a weekday (there is no hauling on weekends). The
Basin Road, which I birded from 3 to 5 p.m., also had a few Red Crossbills
and Gray Jays, as well as one Barred Owl. When I left the park I came
across a Great Gray Owl at dusk on the north side of Highway 60, half a km
west of the 512 intersection at Killaloe.
The Barron Canyon Road can be accessed just off Highway 17 near Petawawa,
and the Basin Road from opposite Bonnechere Provincial Park.
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