[Ontbirds] 42nd Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count: 2 January 2016

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Sun Jan 3 21:48:10 EST 2016


Conditions were good for observing, despite a little very light freezing
drizzle around dawn and infrequent very light drizzle and light wind gusts
during the day. Temperatures ranged from minus 4 to 0 degrees C. The
Madawaska River was completely open and Lake of Two Rivers was nearly
all open (for the first time on a count), but no waterfowl were observed. A
maximum of about 25 cm of snow on the ground made walking fairly easy.

Total Observers: 110 (beating the previous high of 87)
Total Species: 31 (average is 27)
Total Individuals: 6,258 (average is 4,581)

New Species for the Count: none

Noteworthy Species:
-Red-tailed Hawk: 1 (8th time on count)
-Golden Eagle: 1 (7th time on count)
-Belted Kingfisher: 1 (3rd time on count)

Noteworthy Total Individuals:
-Black-capped Chickadee: 2,135 (previous high was 2,108)
-Red-breasted Nuthatch: 947 (highest is 1,384)

Finches:
-Pine Grosbeak: 20
-Purple Finch: 180
-Red Crossbill: 22
-White-winged Crossbill: 21
-Common Redpoll: 436
-Pine Siskin: 1,205
-American Goldfinch: 37
-Evening Grosbeak: 129


Complete count results are posted at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/christmas_bird_count_results_2015.php

Thanks to all the participants and those who helped organize and undertake
the count this year.


Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park CBC Compiler
Dwight, ON


Directions:
Algonquin 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. 






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