[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 12 February 2015

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Feb 13 08:25:45 EST 2015


A moose that was killed by a vehicle on Highway 60 in the Park has been
placed in the Sunday Creek valley where it is viewable from the Visitor
Centre viewing deck. It may soon attract ravens, Bald Eagles and wolves.

Martens have been observed this week at both the Visitor Centre and Spruce
Bog Boardwalk suet feeders.

As part of the Winter in the Wild Festival 2015, a Park Naturalist will
guide visitors to look for boreal birds along Spruce Bog Boardwalk in the
morning (10 to 11:30) and afternoon (2:30 to 4) on Saturday, February 14.
For details see:http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/winter_in_the_wild.php


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: Birders observed one at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on February 8
and 11.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No sightings were reported this week, but recent
drumming heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk was thought to be by this woodpecker.

Gray Jay: Being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Mew Lake
Campground and Opeongo Road (such as at the closed gate at Cameron Lake
Road).

Boreal Chickadee: Two or three continue to be seen at the suet feeder near
the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

WINTER FINCHES:
 
Pine Grosbeak: One was along Highway 60 at km 8 on February 11. There have
been very few seen here this winter.

Common Redpoll: The small flock of up to 21 birds continues daily at the
Visitor Centre feeders.

Hoary Redpoll: Three individuals were present at the Visitor Centre feeders.



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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