[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 23 January 2014

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Jan 23 21:10:44 EST 2014


The finch species and numbers of individuals present here now are similar to
those seen when winter birding officially began on December 1. Pine
Grosbeaks have remained in the north where they are sustained by bumper
mountain-ash berry crops, as predicted in Ron Pittaway's annual winter finch
forecast. Most redpolls were expected to stay in the north because birch,
alder and conifer seed crops are generally good across the boreal forest. So
far they have, but a redpoll flight to southern Ontario may yet occur this
winter if food availability lessens in the north.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
 
Gray Jay: Regular along Opeongo Road, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, near the
East Gate, and in Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee: One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 19, and a
single bird was noted along Opeongo Road on January 19 and 20.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No reports.
 
 
WINTER FINCHES:
 
Purple Finch: Up to six are now coming to the Visitor Centre feeders.

Red Crossbill: One or two on January 18 and two on January 19 were at Spruce
Bog Boardwalk. 

American Goldfinch: About three are regular at the Visitor Centre, and
others were seen along Highway 60.
 
Evening Grosbeak: Up to 49 were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders this
week..


Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).
 
Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
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 Information Guide (with a map of birding locations
mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are also
described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
 
The Visitor Centre and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am
 to 5 pm during winter.

The Visitor Centre has recent bird sightings and information. It is usually
possible to access the building on weekdays in winter from 9 am to
4 pm. Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch and use the restaurant
seating area on weekdays. Hot and cold beverages, and light snacks are
available to purchase then, as well as the use of a microwave.
 
For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/






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