[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 11 to 18 February 2016

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Sat Feb 20 12:00:10 EST 2016


As noted last week, the Visitor Centre viewing deck and adjacent feeders are
closed down while construction work continues in that area of the building.
The Evening Grosbeak flock readily switched to a feeder in the Visitor
Centre parking lot, allowing observers close-up views from their vehicles.

A Wild Turkey at km 23 on the 15th was only the third report of the species
here this winter, in a year of moderate snow depth and temperatures when
higher survival might be expected.

Pileated Woodpeckers are common in Algonquin Park, but often difficult to
locate on any given day. One observer found five on the 16th: three near the
West Gate and two on the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed. Drumming by some of
them helped in locating the birds.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: No reports this week. Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk, the black
spruce habitat bordering Opeongo Road north of the locked gate, and the
Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed near Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose Lake.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was seen on the Track and Tower Trail on the
14th. Vocal imitations of Barred Owl calls attracted one west of Wolf Howl
Pond, another at West Rose Lake, and one about 100 metres south of Highway
60 opposite Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 16th.

Gray Jays: They were seen regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, on Opeongo
Road and along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Boreal Chickadee: One was seen along the Track and Tower Trail on the 13th
and 14th. From one to seven were observed each day from the 14th to the 16th
along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.


WINTER FINCHES:

Pine Grosbeak: More observers resulted in more reports. Up to seven were
seen regularly this week along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed. One was at km
35 and six were in Mew Lake Campground on the 12th.

Purple Finch: Small numbers continued to be observed at: Mizzy Lake Trail
rail bed, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and the Visitor Centre.

White-winged Crossbill: Four were at the Visitor Centre and two were along
the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 15th.

Common Redpoll: A few were reported by several birders, but there were also
some larger numbers observed such as the several finch flocks containing a
total of about 100 redpolls along the Mizzy Lake Trail bed on the 15th.

Pine Siskin: This species continues to be the most numerous and widely
observed small finch here. Several mixed flocks along the Mizzy Lake Trail
bed on the 15th contained a total of 150 siskins.

Evening Grosbeak: About 50 to 60 are now utilizing the newly-established
feeder in the Visitor Centre parking lot, which will remain operational
while construction work continues on the building. A few were also reported
from Leaf Lake Ski Trail, Opeongo Road near the locked gate, along the Mizzy
Lake Trail bed and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk (where there were 25 on the
17th).


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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