[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 7 March 2013

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Mar 7 22:11:26 EST 2013


GREAT GRAY OWL
"GREATER" COMMON REDPOLL
HOARY REDPOLL

The Visitor Centre at km 43 will be open daily from March 9 to 17,
9 am to 5 pm., for March Break.

Guided bird walks at Spruce Bog Boardwalk will occur from 1 to
2:30 pm on March 12 (Tuesday) and on March 15 (Friday) as part of
March Break Programming.


Locations where Great Gray Owls were reported this week included:

-March 1: one in the km 37 to 38 area on Highway 60
-March 4, 5 and 6: one on Highway 60 at the Opeongo Road turn
-March 7: one at km 47.5 to km 48 (Brewer Lake) on Highway 60

Two American Crows reported at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on March 1
involved the first spring migrant species in Algonquin Park, and
were right on the average arrival date.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:

Spruce Grouse: One was reported at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on March 1 and 3.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
March 2 and 3. A male was at the junction of Opeongo Road and the Cameron
Lake Road, and a female was seen from the Visitor Centre deck on March 7.

Video of a female Black-backed Woodpecker flaking off bark in search of
wood-boring beetle larvae at Spruce Bog Boardwalk can be seen at:
http://frametoframe.ca/black-backed-woodpecker-sighted-algonquin-provincial-
park/

Gray Jay: Regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road. The first Gray
Jay nest with an egg this year was noted on March 6.

Boreal Chickadee: Up to three are being seen regularly around the suet
feeder near the trail register book on Spruce Bog Boardwalk. This species
was noted near the gate on Opeongo Road on March 2 and 7. One was heard
south of Highway 60 opposite Spruce Bog Boardwalk on March 7.

WINTER FINCHES: 

Pine Grosbeak: A few continue to be regular on the highway. Some are around
the feeders at the Visitor Centre on most days, including adult males.

White-winged Crossbill: The adult male that first appeared in early
January was last seen at the Visitor Centre feeders on March 1.

Common Redpoll: About 30-40 are at the Visitor Centre feeders regularly.
An apparent "Greater" Common Redpoll (rostrata) was there on March 3.

Hoary Redpoll: Two or three females of the "Southern" subspecies (exilipes)
were reported daily at the Visitor Centre feeders this week.




CONDITIONS IN ALGONQUIN

Snow depth is now about 48 cm.
See: http://tinyurl.com/algonquin-snow

To learn more about Winter in Algonquin Park, see:
http://tinyurl.com/algonquin-winter


BIRDS OF ALGONQUIN PARK
The latest updates of my book are available at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/bap


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


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


Good Birding! Please let us know what you see.

Ron Tozer






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