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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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January 22, 2015

Black-backed Woodpecker in Algonquin Park. Photo by Tony deGroot.

Black-backed Woodpecker

 

There were some spectacularly sunny, cool days in the Park this week. But no sightings of American Three-toed Woodpecker following last week's report of a male on Opeongo Road. An American Marten visited the suet feeders at the Visitor Centre, unsuccessfully chased a Red Squirrel and soon disappeared, on January 19 -- only the second marten sighting there this winter, where they are often regular in this season.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: None reported. Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was noted along Opeongo Road on January 16 and another was photographed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk during the weekend.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee in Algonquin Park. Photo by Tony deGroot.

Boreal Chickadee in Algonquin Park

 

Boreal Chickadee: Two or three were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk near the suet feeder on January 16 and 17. One was found along Opeongo Road near the Cameron Lake Road on January 17.

Winter Finches

Common Redpoll: From five to eleven were at the Visitor Centre feeders each day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: Two continued at the Visitor Centre feeders all week.

A special thanks to Tony deGroot for use of his images of Black-backed Woodpecker and Boreal Chickadee observed in Algonquin Park this week.

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

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.


January 15, 2015

The bird of the week was a male American Three-toed Woodpecker. See below for details.

Winter finch diversity and numbers remain very low. Common Redpolls may still be on the move as briefly higher numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders declined this week. However, yesterday and today, a second Hoary Redpoll joined the long-visiting female at the feeders.

One or two Ruffed Grouse continue to be regular near the Visitor Centre feeders, especially in early morning and late afternoon.

The female Mallard, now dubbed "Cold Duck" after surviving temperatures below minus 30 degrees C on one night this week, continued at the Park Lake outlet. For over a month this duck has remained in or near a patch of rapidly flowing water both day and night. Somehow it has found enough to eat and avoided predation. There are just four known previous winter occurrences of Mallard in Algonquin Park, but none this far into January.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Seven were reported in the area of the register box and suet feeder on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 14.

American Three-toed Woodpecker: A male was reported along Opeongo Road on January 14.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road. One was heard on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 10.

Gray Jay: Still being seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee: Three were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 10, and one was at the suet feeder there on January 14.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: Three were seen along Opeongo Road on January 10.

Common Redpoll: From two to eight were at the Visitor Centre feeders each day this week.

Hoary Redpoll: The female continued to come to the Visitor Centre feeders, and there was a second bird there also on January 14 and 15.

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

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.


January 8, 2015

Algonquin's version of Duck Dynasty continued with the female Mallard remaining at the Park Lake outlet all week. A Northern Shrike (shown below) was seen at the Visitor Centre on January 4 and 6. Barred Owls responded to vocal imitations near Jake Lake, at the Highland Backpacking Trail entrance, along the Highland Backpacking Trail and at the east end of Lake of Two Rivers during the day on the Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count of January 3.

Northern Shrike in Algonquin Park

Northern Shrike observed at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre this week.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: One was noted along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 3.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Single birds were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, in Sunday Creek Bog below the Visitor Centre, on Opeongo Road, and along the Highland Backpacking Trail on January 3.

Gray Jay: Seen at the Visitor Centre, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and Mew Lake Campground.

Boreal Chickadee: Two or three were fairly regular around the suet feeder near the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and the species was seen along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road, this week.

Winter Finches

White-winged Crossbill: Two were reported at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on January 4.

Common Redpoll: Up to twelve were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders.

Hoary Redpoll: The female continued to come to the Visitor Centre feeders all week.

Pine Siskin: One was heard calling in flight over Lookout Trail on December 31.

American Goldfinch: Only one was observed on the Algonquin Christmas Bird Count (January 3).

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

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.


January 4, 2015 - Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count

The 41st Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Saturday, January 3, 2015. A total of 64 observers recorded 20 species (tied lowest ever in 1997; average is 28) and 1,148 individual birds (average is 4,785). The birds per party hour was 6, but a low of 4 birds per party hour has occurred in two previous years. The highlight of the count was a Hoary Redpoll observed at the Visitor Centre feeders since December 30. For complete details see the 2014 Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count summary.

Hoary Redpoll in Algonquin Park
Hoary Redpoll (left) and Common Redpoll (right) at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. The rarer Hoary Redpoll shows a paler rump, less streaking on the sides, and a slightly smaller bill compared to the Common Redpoll. Hoary Redpolls in Algonquin Park are often mixed in Common Redpoll flocks making identification challenging. (Click to enlarge image.)

January 1, 2015

A Hoary Redpoll at the Visitor Centre feeders and Pine Grosbeaks on the highway were highlights this week (see below).

The female Mallard at the Park Lake outlet was still present on December 30, despite the onset of temperatures well below freezing.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: One was seen on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 26.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 28, and there was one on Track and Tower Trail on December 30.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Look and listen for them at the suet feeder near the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Two or three were around the feeder regularly this week. Also, two were observed along the rail bed section of the Mizzy Lake Trail on December 29.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: There were three on December 29 and four on December 30 on Highway 60 between km 8 and 10. These are the first reported here since November.

Common Redpoll: Thirty at the Visitor Centre on December 27 was the highest count there this winter, and perhaps suggestive of increasing numbers of this species in the Park.

Hoary Redpoll: One showed up at the Visitor Centre feeders on December 30 and was photographed there on the 31st and today.

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

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.


December 25, 2014

A Merry Christmas and good birding in 2015!

The female Mallard first noted at the Park Lake outlet on December 9 has persisted all this week as well, being seen at open water both north and south of the highway. Winter records of this duck are very rare in Algonquin.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Two males and a female were high in a Balsam Fir about 15 metres down the trail from the entrance at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 22.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Look and listen for them around the suet feeder near the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Winter Finches

Common Redpoll: Up to seven were reported at the Visitor Centre feeders this week.

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

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.


December 18, 2014

Contrary to expectations, the female Mallard continued to be seen at a small patch of open water at the Park Lake outlet all week. Despite being a "sitting duck", she has survived!

Mallard in Algonquin Park

Female Mallard observed at Park Lake outlet on December 9, 2014

 

 

A couple of Ruffed Grouse are coming regularly for seed under the Visitor Centre feeders.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: A female was 20 metres north of the Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot on December 13.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Four were observed around the suet feeder near the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 14.

Winter Finches

Common Redpoll: Present in small numbers. From zero to 12 were reported at the Visitor Centre feeders on days this week.

Evening Grosbeak: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on December 15.

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

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.


December 11, 2014

Even though it is not officially winter yet, winter-like conditions prevail in the Park now. The deepest parts of Smoke Lake remain ice-free but all other lakes along the Highway 60 Corridor are covered with thin ice. About 20 cm of snow today enhanced the winter scenery.

A female Mallard photographed at a patch of open water at the outlet of Park Lake on December 9 will soon depart, but the one or two Wild Turkeys occasionally seen along Highway 60 this week will attempt to over-winter, mostly without food provided by people. A Ruffed Grouse is regular at the Visitor Centre feeders early and late in the day. The first Hoary Redpoll of the winter in Algonquin was seen on December 2 (see below for details).

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road. One was seen at Opeongo Road on December 10.

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

Boreal Chickadee: One was observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on December 6 and 7. This species may be starting to visit the suet feeder near the register box on this trail.


Winter Finches

Common Redpoll: From one to six were observed each day at the Visitor Centre feeders this week.

Hoary Redpoll: One with a Common Redpoll was seen foraging on the ground at the Opeongo Access Point on December 2.

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

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.


December 4, 2014

Spruce Grouse in Algonquin Park
Male Spruce Grouse

Only the larger lakes have any open water now. Lake of Two Rivers became ice-covered on November 29, the same date as last year. This is the second earliest date since records began in 1972. The earliest ice-in date for this lake was 28 November 1995.

The suet feeder is now in place near the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Gray Jays have been attracted so far, but Boreal Chickadees may start visiting it as in previous winters.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: One was reported roosting in a tree along Beaver Pond Trail on November 27, and one was seen on Spruce Bog Boardwalk the same day.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Try the black spruce section along Opeongo Road and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Winter Finches

Very limited numbers and species variety reported.

Pine Grosbeak: Two were near the Visitor Centre on November 28.

Evening Grosbeak: One was at the Visitor Centre feeders on November 27, but the species has not been reported since.

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 27, 2014

Relatively few reports again this week.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Heard in black spruce section of northern Opeongo Road on November 23.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: One was seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on November 23.

Evening Grosbeak: A male was at the Visitor Centre feeders on November 26.

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 20, 2014

BAmerican Goldfinch in Algonquin Park
American Goldfinch in Algonquin Park

Big snowfall (about 68 cm over three days in western Algonquin Park), Highway 60 closure today, gusty winds and few birders - all severely limited observations this week.

A light morph adult Rough-legged Hawk in the Eos Lake and Ring-neck Pond area from November 14 to 16 was unusual here for lingering.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

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

Boreal Chickadee: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road.

Winter Finches

Pine Siskin: Numbers slowly increasing at the Visitor Centre feeders, with 13 there on November 19.

American Goldfinch: Declining numbers at the Visitor Centre feeders, with only one on November 19.

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 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 (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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