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Algonquin Park Birding Report

Algonquin Park Birding Reports provide visitors with species observed in recent days within Algonquin Park. Reports are compiled by Ron Tozer. We would greatly appreciate your Algonquin Park bird sightings. Please contact us with your recent sightings.

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November 13, 2014

Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park
Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 12.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Gray Jay: Reported at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road this week.

Boreal Chickadee: Two were noted at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Winter Finches

Small numbers of winter finches so far, but good variety.

Pine Grosbeak: One was at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Purple Finch: Last report was on November 6. Perhaps none left.

Red Crossbill: Four observed along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9. (Access bike trail at Old Airfield and walk west toward Cache Lake.)

White-winged Crossbill: One noted along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9.

Common Redpoll: One was observed at the Visitor Centre on November 9 and 11, the latter in a goldfinch flock. Twelve were seen along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9.

Pine Siskin: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on November 13.

American Goldfinch: About 20 birds were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders this week.

Evening Grosbeak: Two females came to the Visitor Centre feeders on November 13.

Additional Species

Ruffed Grouse: One is visiting the Visitor Centre feeders regularly in the early morning.

Bohemian Waxwing: Six were feeding on Winterberry Holly (Ilex) berries along the Old Railway Bike Trail at Head Creek Marsh on November 9. One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 11.

Birders reporting records through eBird can share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds). We encourage you to do so.

Please send us any bird sightings you've had in the park, even of common birds, as they assist us in documenting Algonquin Park's bird life.


November 6, 2014

Noteworthy species this week included a Bohmeian Waxwing and a Pine Grosbeak at the Old Airfield on November 3.

Boreal Specialties

Pine Grosbeak in Algonquin Park
Male Pine Grosbeak in Algonquin Park

Spruce Grouse: Reported again this week along the edge of Opeongo Road in the black spruce section.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Found in the Wolf Howl Pond/West Rose Lake area of the Mizzy Lake Trail.

Gray Jay: Seen along the rail bed section of Mizzy Lake Trail; along Opeongo Road; and at the Visitor Centre.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were seen along the border of the Old Airfield.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak (shown right): The first of the fall (and in 2014) was at the Old Airfield on November 3.

Purple Finch: One was at the Visitor Centre today.

Common Redpoll: Lev Frid reported several moving through this week.

American Goldfinch: A few still present but most appear to have left.

Birders reporting records through eBird can share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds). We encourage you to do so.

Please send us any bird sightings you've had in the park, even of common birds, as they assist us in documenting Algonquin Park's bird life.


October 30, 2014

Single Golden Eagles over the Visitor Centre yesterday and at Lookout Trail today were noteworthy.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse in Algonquin Park
Male Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse (shown right): Reported this week along the edge of Opeongo Road in the black spruce section, early in the morning.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Found in the Wolf Howl Pond/West Rose Lake area of the Mizzy Lake Trail; on Spruce Bog Boardwalk after the first boardwalk; and on Lookout Trail.

Gray Jay: Seen along the rail bed section of Mizzy Lake Trail; along Opeongo Road; and at the Visitor Centre.

Boreal Chickadee: Observations were at km 4 on Arowhon Road; near Wolf Howl Pond along the Mizzy Lake Trail; and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot.

Winter Finches

Purple Finch: One was at the Visitor Centre on October 27, and two were noted along Opeongo Road today. Most have departed.

Common Redpoll: More were observed this week, with 15 on Lookout Trail and 20 along Opeongo Road today.

Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.

Birders reporting records through eBird can share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds). We encourage you to do so.

Please send us any bird sightings you've had in the park, even of common birds, as they assist us in documenting Algonquin Park's bird life.


October 23, 2014

Hawk Watch

Algonquin Park is not known as a place to see hawk migration and so Lev Frid's report of the following from the cliff top at Lookout Trail on October 22 was noteworthy: Turkey Vulture (18), Bald Eagle (4), Northern Harrier (1), Northern Goshawk (3), Red-tailed Hawk (12), Rough-legged Hawk (1) and Golden Eagle (2).

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: There were recent sightings near Wolf Howl Pond on Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported in the Wolf Howl Pond/West Rose Lake area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Gray Jay: Seen at Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose Lake along the Mizzy Lake Trail; at Spruce Bog Boardwalk; along Opeongo Road; and at the Logging Museum.

Boreal Chickadee: Observations near Wolf Howl Pond and along Opeongo Road.

Winter Finches

Purple Finch: Still a few being observed, but becoming much less frequent.

White-winged Crossbill: Six were at the Old Airfield on October 22.

Common Redpoll: Four observed by Lev Frid at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on October 22 were the first this fall.

Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.

American Goldfinch: Few reports. Most may have left.

Evening Grosbeak: Singles and very small groups reported.

Birders reporting records through eBird can share their lists with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds). We encourage you to do so.

Please send us any bird sightings you've had in the park, even of common birds, as they assist us in documenting Algonquin Park's bird life.


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