[Ontbirds] Algonquin Park Birding Report: 12 to 19 December 2019
rtozer at vianet.ca
Fri Dec 20 09:32:37 EST 2019
Canada Jay: observed on Opeongo Road and Spruce Bog Boardwalk.
Boreal Chickadee: only report was one along Mizzy Lake Trail railbed on December 18.
No reports of Spruce Grouse or Black-backed Woodpecker this week.
Finches continued to be reported in low numbers but good variety.
Evening Grosbeak: up to eight have been seen fairly regularly at the Visitor Centre.
Purple Finch: seen regularly along the highway, Opeongo Road and at Visitor Centre (22 on Dec 13).
Red Crossbill: 10 on Opeongo Road (Dec 11) and 9 at the Visitor Centre (Dec 18)
White-winged Crossbill: small numbers at Spruce Bog, Visitor Centre, Opeongo Road, Arowhon Road, and Mizzy railbed
Pine Siskin: seen regularly at Visitor Centre.
American Goldfinch: seen regularly along the highway and at the Visitor Centre.
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. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.
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