[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 15 January 2015

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Jan 15 22:54:41 EST 2015


AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
PINE GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

The bird of the week was a male American Three-toed Woodpecker.
See below.

Winter finch diversity and numbers remain very low. Common Redpolls may
still be on the move as briefly higher numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders
declined this week. However, yesterday and today, a second Hoary Redpoll
joined the long-visiting female at the feeders.

One or two Ruffed Grouse continue to be regular near the Visitor Centre
feeders, especially in early morning and late afternoon.

The female Mallard, now dubbed "Cold Duck" after surviving temperatures
below minus 30 degrees C on one night this week, continued at the Park Lake
outlet. For over a month this duck has remained in or near a patch of
rapidly flowing water both day and night. Somehow it has found enough to eat
and avoided predation. There are just four known previous winter occurrences
of Mallard in Algonquin Park, but none this far into January.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Seven were reported in the area of the register box and suet
feeder on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 14.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: A male was reported along Opeongo
Road on January 14.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.
One was heard on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 10.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk,
Opeongo Road and Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
January 10, and one was at the suet feeder there on January 14.


WINTER FINCHES:
 
Pine Grosbeak: Three were seen along Opeongo Road on January 10.

Common Redpoll: From two to eight were at the Visitor Centre
feeders each day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: The female continued to come to the Visitor Centre
feeders, and there was a second bird there also on January 14 and 15.




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).

The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends
from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access with limited services on weekdays from
9 am to 4 pm. 
 
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






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