[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 14 to 21 April 2016

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Apr 22 00:05:17 EDT 2016


Some ponds and shallow lakes had developed extensive open water by today.
However, most lakes remain ice-covered. Bare ground is widespread in
deciduous forest and on south-facing slopes, but knee-deep snow persists in
many shaded areas.

New migrants arrived in numbers this week, especially during the warm
temperatures of the 15th and 16th, including Common Loon, Winter Wren,
Hermit Thrush and Rusty Blackbird (15th); Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked
Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, Wilson's Snipe, Eastern
Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping
Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow (16th); American Kestrel, Pine Warbler
and Savannah Sparrow (17th); and Broad-winged Hawk (21st).

Feeders at the Visitor Centre have now been shut down but birds continue to
come for accumulated seed on the ground, including up to three Fox Sparrows.

Moose seeking the slightly salty meltwater puddles along the highway are
being seen more often now. This is also a great time to see Otters that
often frequent ice-edge areas where they consume their prey. Costello Creek
along Opeongo Road was a good place to see them this week.


BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: Two males were in the black spruce along  the northern part
of the Opeongo Road (east side) on April 16, and one was observed near the
parking lot of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 17th.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was on Opeongo Road, 200 metres north of
the gate (now open), on the 17th, and another was heard drumming on the
north side of Highway 60 at Park Lake today.

Gray Jay: Spruce Bog Boardwalk and along Opeongo Road continue to
produce this species.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were found on Opeongo Road on the 17th.


WINTER FINCHES

Purple Finch: This species is widespread but in low numbers now.
Many males are in full song.

Red Crossbill: A single bird calling in flight was noted on Opeongo
Road at the gate on the 16th.

Common Redpoll: It appears that only a few remain now.

Pine Siskin: Late in the week, most observers were reporting five or
fewer per day.

Evening Grosbeak: One to three were seen at the Visitor Centre by
week's end.


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

Thanks to Kelly Stronks for tallying birds seen during Saturday's very
successful OFO trip as shown on the following eBird links:

Airfield:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29004328

Opeongo Road:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29004332
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29017929

Spruce Bog Boardwalk:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29017942

Visitor Centre:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29017924

Park Lake:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28994546

West Gate:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28994547


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 on Highway 60 will be
open daily from 9 am to 5 pm starting on April 23.
 
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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