[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 12 January 2017

Ron Tozer rtozer at vianet.ca
Thu Jan 12 20:02:43 EST 2017


A road-killed moose has been placed in the Sunday Creek Bog again this year.
It can be seen from the Visitor Centre viewing deck, especially with the
telescope provided there. The carcass had not attracted the expected birds
and mammals by today, but that may change soon.

The female Wild Turkey continued to be reported irregularly at the Visitor
Centre parking lot feeder.

A juvenile Bald Eagle over Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 7th and an adult
near the Visitor Centre on the 11th were both photographed. Wolf kills are
an important food source for wintering eagles in Algonquin.

Twelve Bohemian Waxwings were observed at Track and Tower Trail on the 7th.

BOREAL SPECIALTIES

Spruce Grouse: A male was photographed past the long boardwalk near the
kettle bog section of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Look for this woodpecker on conifers with bark
removed. Listen for the relatively quiet tapping as they scale off bark to
feed on wood-boring beetle larvae. Check black spruce, balsam and tamarack
on Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the locked gate.

Gray Jay: They continue to be regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo
Road near the locked gate.

Boreal Chickadee: No reports this week. Look for them and listen for their
distinctive calls along Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the
locked gate.



WINTER FINCHES

Pine Grosbeak: Some were still being seen feeding on green ash seeds near
Mew Lake Campground entrance this week. Others were noted on the highway at
various locations.

Red Crossbill: Sightings occurred on Peck Lake Trail, Lookout Trail and
Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Small numbers were regularly reported getting sand
and/or salt on the highway also.

White-winged Crossbill: It was reported from Spruce Bog Boardwalk on three
days this week, and others were observed on the highway.

Common Redpoll: Twelve were noted on Bat Lake Trail on the 5th.

Pine Siskin: A single bird was observed regularly with goldfinches at the
Visitor Centre feeders. Watch for them on the highway. A flock of 40 on the
road was photographed near Peck Lake Trail on the 7th.

American Goldfinch: As many as 40 were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders
this week.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 150 are still coming daily, especially in early
morning, to the Visitor Centre feeders. Small numbers are also being
attracted to sunflower seed left by visitors at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and
near the Opeongo Road locked gate.


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, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open on
weekends from 9 am to 5 pm in winter. The Visitor Centre is also open on
weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm, with self-serve hot and cold beverages plus
snacks available in the restaurant.

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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