[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 7 to 14 January 2016

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Jan 15 08:07:20 EST 2016


Rain on the weekend, followed by snow plus colder temperatures, were
features this week that contributed to fewer bird reports. However, the
dramatic winter scenery and some colourful finches were an attraction for
those who did come to enjoy the Park.

Surprisingly, Boreal Chickadees are not regularly visiting the suet feeder
near the register box at Spruce Bog Boardwalk yet. They have usually been
attracted to it during the last four winters, and may still show up this
year. Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays are
coming to the feeder, and readily take food from the hands of visitors.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES:

Spruce Grouse
Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the locked gate.

Black-backed Woodpecker
One was observed along Opeongo Road on the 7th, and another was near the
start of Big Pines Trail on the 8th.

Gray Jay 
They were seen regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce
section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee
One was heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th, and a single bird was
observed along Opeongo Road on the 8th.


WINTER FINCHES:

Pine Grosbeak 
Four in a Balsam Fir were photographed along Opeongo Road on the 8th.

Purple Finch 
Seven were reported on Opeongo Road on the 8th. This species is probably
still fairly widespread in moderate numbers.

Red Crossbill
Two were seen along Opeongo Road on the 7th.
.
White-winged Crossbill
Two were observed on Opeongo Road on the 8th.

Common Redpoll
No reports were received, but moderate numbers are undoubtedly still
present.

Pine Siskin 
Probably still the most numerous winter finch, but the only reports were 32
birds on Opeongo Road and three at the Visitor Centre, on the 8th.

American Goldfinch
Three were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th. The availability of Balsam
Fir seeds is likely sustaining the small numbers here this winter.

Evening Grosbeak
Between 50 and 90 individuals were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders
this week, allowing spectacular views. Sunflower seed provided on the ground
across Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Boardwalk was also attracting some of the
birds from this flock.


Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


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).

In winter, the Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 on Highway 60
are open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. There is access to the exhibits and
limited services (including light snacks, coffee and other drinks) on
weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
 
Your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) are available at the East Gate, West Gate and
Visitor Centre.






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