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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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Birds of Algonquin ParkBirds of Algonquin Park authored by retired Algonquin Park Naturalist Ron Tozer presents detailed accounts of all 278 birds known to have occurred in Algonquin Park. The book includes information on migration timing, nesting habits and behaviour of the 144 breeding species, winter occurrence, historical records and population trends. The influence of climate warming on the arrival and departure time of migrants, and the declining numbers of many species are discussed. This 480-page masterpiece filled with illustrations and images is available for purchase online or at any of The Friends of Algonquin Park stores.


February 4, 2016

Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Park
Ruffed Grouse at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre

Ruffed Grouse were often observed this week, including at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and the Visitor Centre.

A good variety of finch species continued to be seen, but often in low numbers away from sites where sunflower seed was available.

An American Marten came to the Visitor Centre suet feeder today.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Singles were found at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 1st and along Opeongo Roadnorth of the gate on the 2nd.

Gray Jays: They were seen at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, along Opeongo Road, and along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Boreal Chickadee: One was observed on Bat Lake Trail on the 28th, and two were noted along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 30th and 1st.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: One flying over was noted at the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 30th, and a male was at km 33 on Highway 60 on the 2nd.

Purple Finch: Up to seven came daily to the Visitor Centre feeders.

Red Crossbill: One was reported along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 1st.

White-winged Crossbill: On the 30th, one was calling in flight at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and two were observed along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Common Redpoll: Small numbers were reported again this week at various locations.

Pine Siskin: They remain widespread in very low numbers, but a few larger flocks were seen as well.

American Goldfinch: One was at the Visitor Centre on the 1st.

Evening Grosbeak: The 120 individuals coming to the Visitor Centre feeders at the beginning of the week had dropped to half that number by today, but they were still numerous enough to be impressive. Some were also at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and near the gate on Opeongo Road.

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 29, 2016

Today is Bird Feeder Friday! Watch live streaming video of the bird feeders at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre today only. Multiple views allow you to watch for common bird and mammal species. Live streaming video courtesy of The Friends of Algonquin Park. Thanks to Wild Birds Unlimited Toronto for providing bird feeders and seed.


January 28, 2016

Golden Eagle in Algonquin Park. Photo by Terry Merkley

Image: Golden Eagle in Algonquin Park at km 26 of Highway 60 on January 23, 2016. Thanks to Terry Merkley for sharing the image.

More birders this week resulted in more sightings. Eagles put in an appearance, with a Golden Eagle photographed soaring over km 26 of Highway 60 on the 23rd and a Bald Eagle perched at the West Gate on the 27th. Ruffed Grouse were seen regularly along the Visitor Centre driveway and at least one was at its feeders.

Evening Grosbeaks continued to put on a tremendous show that for many birders has not been experienced for decades. Rather than splitting up between sunflower seed on the ground at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and the Visitor Centre feeders as they have recently, the main concentration today was at the Visitor Centre and peaked at about 120 birds. This colourful, swirling mass with constant loud calling was indeed impressive.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Two males were spotted in a spruce near the start of the trail at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 21st, frustrating news for those who have searched unsuccessfully there in recent days.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was observed at campsites 71 and 72 in Mew Lake Campground on the 24th.

Gray Jays: They continue to be seen regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and near the locked gate and north of there on Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Two were reported from Arowhon Road on the 24th, probably from along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: There was an upswing in numbers observed this week, perhaps mainly because more birders were looking. A dozen were getting grit on the road in Mew Lake Campground on the 21st, and there were five on Arowhon Road plus three at km 36 on Highway 60 on the 24th.

Purple Finch: A half dozen are coming daily to the Visitor Centre feeders, and others can be seen occasionally along the highway.

White-winged Crossbill: The small numbers detected on the Christmas Bird Count are likely persisting. This species was reported along the Leaf Lake Ski Trail on the 23rd, without details about how many.

Common Redpoll: Some continue to be seen along Highway 60, with a total of 75 reported by two birders between the west boundary and the West Gate on the 21st.

Hoary Redpoll: One was observed along Opeongo Road, north of the gate, on the 27th.

Pine Siskin: This finch is still being seen regularly, often in small flocks. However, a flock of 100 in the treetops was noted at km 51 of Highway 60 on the 22nd.

American Goldfinch: Two were at the Visitor Centre on the 27th.

Evening Grosbeak: Good numbers continue at the Visitor Centre and Spruce Bog Boardwalk. A few are also being attracted to sunflower seed provided by birders near the Opeongo Road gate.

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 21, 2016

Gray Jay in Algonquin Park
Gray Jay in Algonquin Park

Sunflower seed brought by visitors to Spruce Bog Boardwalk continues to attract numbers of Evening Grosbeaks and appreciative photographers. These birds are part of the large flock coming to the nearby Visitor Centre feeders.

Gray Jays are regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk parking lot and around the suet feeder near the trail register box, as well as in the vicinity of the locked gate on Opeongo Road.

Eight Common Ravens were attracted to a carcass (likely a wolf-killed deer) on the ice of Brewer Lake today.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: This species continues to be present but in very low numbers. Single birds were heard along Arowhon Road and Opeongo Road on the 17th.

Purple Finch: A few were noted in mixed finch flocks along Highway 60 and some came to the Visitor Centre feeders, including 12 birds on the 18th.

Common Redpoll: A few were reported in mixed finch flocks along the highway.

Pine Siskin: Some were seen in mixed finch flocks along the highway. Observers on the 15th reported a total of 100 along the corridor.

Evening Grosbeak: As many as 60 came to the Visitor Centre feeders this week, and up to half that flock are now also a daily occurrence at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

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 14, 2016

Boreal Chickadee in Algonquin Park
Boreal Chickadee in Algonquin Park

Rain on the weekend, followed by snow plus colder temperatures, were features this week that contributed to fewer bird reports. However, the dramatic winter scenery and some colourful finches were an attraction for those who did come to enjoy the Park.

Surprisingly, Boreal Chickadees are not regularly visiting the suet feeder near the register box at Spruce Bog Boardwalk yet. They have usually been attracted to it during the last four winters, and may still show up this year. Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays are coming to the feeder, and readily take food from the hands of visitors.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Try Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the locked gate.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was observed along Opeongo Road on the 7th, and another was near the start of Big Pines Trail on the 8th.

Gray Jay: They were seen regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the Black Spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: One was heard at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th, and a single bird was observed along Opeongo Road on the 8th.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: Four in a Balsam Fir were photographed along Opeongo Road on the 8th.

Purple Finch: Seven were reported on Opeongo Road on the 8th. This species is probably still fairly widespread in moderate numbers.

Red Crossbill: Two were seen along Opeongo Road on the 7th.

White-winged Crossbill: Two were observed on Opeongo Road on the 8th.

Common Redpoll: No reports were received, but moderate numbers are undoubtedly still present.

Pine Siskin: Probably still the most numerous winter finch, but the only reports were 32 birds on Opeongo Road and three at the Visitor Centre, on the 8th.

American Goldfinch: Three were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 7th. The availability of Balsam Fir seeds is likely sustaining the small numbers here this winter.

Evening Grosbeak: Between 50 and 90 individuals were regular at the Visitor Centre feeders this week, allowing spectacular views. Sunflower seed provided on the ground across Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Boardwalk was also attracting some of the birds from this flock.

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 7, 2016

Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin Park
Male Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin Park

Lake of Two Rivers became completely ice-covered in the hours before dawn on January 4th, setting a new latest date for that event in records going back to 1972. Smoke Lake, the last open lake along Highway 60, became completely frozen on January 5th.

The bumper crop of Balsam Fir cones produced large numbers of seeds lodged in the branches following the normal disintegration of the cones in the fall. In the absence of most other cone crops, many seed-eating birds are feeding on the Balsam seeds here. This was reflected in the record high tally of Black-capped Chickadees (2,135) and large numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches (947) on the count.

Four Wild Turkeys near Smoke Lake on the 4th were the first reported in the Park since November 2nd.

The early winter status of birds in Algonquin becomes clearer by looking at the results of the annual Christmas Bird Count, which 110 participants undertook on January 2nd. Numbers in brackets following the finch species names below are the total number of individuals observed on the count.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak (20): Numbers remain low. Most Pine Grosbeaks must be still in the north. Listen for calling birds flying over.

Purple Finch (180): Small numbers are present. Purple Finches were reported feeding on Balsam Fir seeds and maple buds.

Red Crossbill (22): A few are being observed, often as individuals calling in flight.

White-winged Crossbill (21): Similarly, this crossbill is here but in very low numbers. A few crossbills have been seen seeking sand and salt on Highway 60, including three White-winged Crossbills near the East Gate on the 7th.

Common Redpoll (436): Moderate numbers are being seen along Highway 60 and Opeongo Road. This finch is also feeding on Balsam Fir seeds.

Pine Siskin (1,205): This is the most numerous finch, with some big flocks of 200 birds or more. They have been noted feeding on yellow birch and white birch seed, and often on Balsam Fir seeds. Watch for siskin flocks on Highway 60.

American Goldfinch (37): There are relatively few goldfinches. Most left in the fall.

Evening Grosbeak (129): Most of these grosbeaks tallied on the count were at the Visitor Centre feeders. On January 3, numbers at the Visitor Centre skyrocketed to about 175 birds, and there were 75 to 100 present there (especially in the morning) for the rest of this week. It is reminiscent of the 1970s when spruce budworm-fueled breeding success resulted in huge numbers of Evening Grosbeaks at southern Ontario feeders.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: One was located south of the highway opposite Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the count.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Thirteen were found on the count, including birds at Beaver Pond Trail, Jake Lake, and along the portage to Blackfox Lake which starts at the Trailer Sanitation Station.

Gray Jay: Seen again along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Only nine were found on the count. Try Wolf Howl Pond, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Opeongo Road north of the closed gate. Check the suet feeder neat the Spruce Bog Boardwalk register box.

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 2, 2016

The 42nd Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count was held on January 2, 2016. For complete results see the Algonquin Park Christmas Bird Count webpage.


December 31, 2015

Algonquin Park has at least 25 cm of snow on the ground now. Small lakes and ponds are ice-covered. However, the larger lakes are still wide open, with ice forming only along the shorelines and in shallow bays. Records of the date of the first total ice cover on Lake of Two Rivers back to 1972 show the previous latest date was December 27 (in 2001 and 2006). The new record will likely be several days into January. Despite this unprecedented presence of extensive open water, there were no reports of water birds this week.

The Visitor Centre is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm, from December 27 to January 3 (inclusive). The seed and suet feeders are operational at the Visitor Centre.

Evening Grosbeaks at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
Evening Grosbeaks at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (click to enlarge)

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: One was calling in flight at West Rose Lake on the 26th, and there were five at Sims Pit on the Arowhon Road today.

Purple Finch: A few were noted this week at the Visitor Centre, Pinetree Lake Portage and along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Common Redpoll: Sightings in low numbers were regular throughout the Highway 60 Corridor. Some flocks contained Pine Siskins as well.

Hoary Redpoll: One was seen in a large flock of Common Redpolls on Arowhon Road on the 26th.

Pine Siskin: Small flocks were observed throughout the Highway 60 Corridor this week.

Evening Grosbeak: Flocks of up to 34 birds were seen daily this week at the Visitor Centre feeders.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: Two were seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on the 24th.

Black-backed Woodpecker: On the 26th, one was near Wolf Howl Pond, another was on Arowhon Road south of the rail bed, and two were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

Gray Jay: Seen again along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Two were seen and heard near Wolf Howl Pond and two were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, on the 26th.

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 24, 2015

Last weekend produced about 5 cm of snow, and ice formed on small lakes and ponds. Now, the snow has mostly disappeared and some of the ice has melted due to rain and mild temperatures. All the larger lakes remain completely ice-free. The lack of snow and ice is unprecedented for this date during the last 45 years in the Park.

Notably late species for Algonquin were Hooded Merganser, Common Loon and Herring Gull on the 18th and American Black Duck on the 22nd.

The Visitor Centre will be closed on December 24 to 26 (inclusive) and open daily from 9 am to 5 pm on December 27 to January 3 (inclusive). The seed and suet feeders are operational at the Visitor Centre.

Birder reports were limited once again, but below is a little information:

Winter Finches

White-winged Crossbill: One was observed along Opeongo Road on the 18th.

Pine Siskin: Some were noted along Bat Lake Trail, on Opeongo Road and near Wolf Howl Pond on the Mizzy Lake Trail.

Evening Grosbeak: At the Visitor Centre feeders, there were four on the 18th and 29 on the 21st.

Boreal Specialties

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was seen along Opeongo Road on the 18th.

Gray Jay: Seen again along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: This elusive species was noted along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed yesterday. Check the suet feeder at the register box on Spruce Bog Boardwalk to see if any have been attracted to it yet.

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 17, 2015

All lakes and ponds were ice-free and the bare ground continued this week. There were few birder reports and so new information was limited.

Lake Travers (on the Park's East Side) had record late Canada Goose and Bufflehead on the 16th. Two female Canvasbacks photographed there the same day were just the second record for Algonquin Park. None of these were seen when Lake Travers was checked by canoe again today, unfortunately.

Canvasbacks at Lake Travers in Algonquin Park on December 16, 2015. Photo by Jeff Skevington.

Image: Two female Canvasbacks at Lake Travers in Algonquin Park on December 16, 2015. These birds are the second record for Algonquin Park. Photo by J. Skevington.

A juvenile Common Loon on Grand Lake and two juveniles at the Lake Opeongo Access Point today were very late.

Winter Finches

Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin were observed at Lake Travers on the 16th.

Boreal Specialties

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was seen at Wolf Howl Pond on Mizzy Lake Trail on the 12th.

Gray Jay: Seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

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 10, 2015

Single Common Loons this week on Smoke Lake, Lake Opeongo, Lake Travers (Park's East Side) and flying near Park Lake were late. A Belted Kingfisher at Lake of Two Rivers on the 6th was also notably late for Algonquin. These occurrences reflect the continuing abnormally warm temperatures and open lakes and rivers. There is no snow either, which made the all-white Snowshoe Hare rather conspicuous.

Numerous Ruffed Grouse being seen along Highway 60 and on trails are indicative of good production and survival of young this year.

The gate on Opeongo Road is now closed for the winter. Birders are encouraged to walk the black spruce section north of the gate for boreal species and finches. Ongoing work to replace the siding on the Visitor Centre is causing only occasional disruption of birds coming to the feeders.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak: Singles were at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and Mew Lake Campground, and there were two along Opeongo Road, on the 6th.

Purple Finch: A few were observed at various Highway 60 locations.

Red Crossbill: A few, often singles calling in flight, were noted along the Highway 60 Corridor this week. Some were observed at the lookout on the Barron Canyon Trail on the Park's East Side on the 5th.

White-winged Crossbill: A large flock of 50 was reported on Opeongo Road on the 5th.

Common Redpoll: This species is being seen regularly now, usually in small flocks but occasionally in larger groups such as the 31 near Wolf Howl Pond on the 8th.

Pine Siskin: Small and larger flocks continue to be seen along Highway 60.

American Goldfinch: Numbers have dwindled but five were observed at the East Gate on the 5th.

Evening Grosbeak: Three were at the Visitor Centre on the 6th, and there was one there and another along Opeongo Road on the 7th. Forty were reported in Whitney, on Highway 60 east of the Park, on the 7th.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse in Algonquin Park
Male Spruce Grouse in Algonquin Park

Spruce Grouse: A male and a female were observed on Spruce Bog Boardwalk on the 5th, and a male was photographed near that trail's register box on the 6th. A female and a displaying male were along Opeongo Road north of the locked gate on the 7th.

Black-backed Woodpecker: A male was first heard tapping as it flaked off bark in search of wood-boring beetle larvae and was later photographed on the east side of the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed just north of Wolf Howl Pond on the 8th.

Gray Jay: Seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, on Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Look and listen for them along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and Opeongo Road north of the locked gate.

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 3, 2015

Last week's snow cover has nearly all melted and the larger lakes remain free of ice, as the unusually mild conditions for this date continue.

A single Bohemian Waxwing on the 26th at Lake Travers (on the Park's East Side) was the latest of a very small number seen here since late October.

Winter Finches

Pine Grosbeak in Algonquin Park
Pine Grosbeak in Algonquin Park

Pine Grosbeak: One was heard along Barron Canyon Road (on the Park's East Side) on the 26th, and two were along the Old Railway Bike Trail between the Old Airfield and Head Creek Marsh on the 2nd.

Purple Finch: Low numbers continue to be observed.

Red Crossbill: A few were noted at Lake Travers on the 26th, and two were seen along the Old Railway Bike Trail between the Old Airfield and Head Creek Marsh on the 2nd.

White-winged Crossbill: Two were noted at Lake Travers (on the Park's East Side) on the 27th.

Common Redpoll: Numerous small flocks were noted along the Barron Canyon Road from the Sand Lake Gate to Lake Travers on the 26th. Some were in large Pine Siskin flocks observed along the Old Railway Bike Trail between the Old Airfield and Head Creek Marsh on the 2nd.

HOARY REDPOLL: One in a flock of Common Redpolls was observed along the south shore of Lake Travers on the 27th.

Pine Siskin: Small and large flocks are being seen regularly on the Park's East Side and along Highway 60.

Evening Grosbeak: There are still a few coming to the Visitor Centre feeders fairly regularly, including two on the 2nd.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try Opeongo Road and the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No reports. Try Opeongo Road and the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Gray Jay: Seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: A good place to look and listen for them continues to be the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed. Fifteen in total were observed along the Old Railway Bike Trail between the Old Airfield and Head Creek Marsh on the 2nd.

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.


November 26, 2015

This week brought us our first persisting snow of the fall. There were fewer birders reporting but several winter finches were still being seen.

Winter Finches

Purple Finch: Small numbers continued to be observed, including at the Visitor Centre.

Common Redpoll: Reported again this week, but in low numbers.

Pine Siskin: Seen regularly, including some larger flocks.

American Goldfinch: One or two observed. Most appear to have left.

Evening Grosbeak: Still a few coming to the Visitor Centre feeders on most mornings.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try Opeongo Road and the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: No reports. Try Opeongo Road and the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Gray Jay: Seen daily along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: The best place to look and listen for them continues to be the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

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.


November 19, 2015

Common Redpoll in Algonquin Park
Common Redpoll in Algonquin Park

What a difference a year makes. On this date last year we had 38 centimetres of snow on the ground here. Not a trace of snow (yet!) today and a high temperature of 13°C. But the end is near!

A single Bohemian Waxwing was observed along the Opeongo Road on November 15.

Winter Finches

Purple Finch: Small numbers continued to be seen, including at the Visitor Centre.

Red Crossbill: A few were observed along the Barron Canyon Trail and at Lake Travers on the East Side.

White-winged Crossbill: Four were reported at Mew Lake Campground on November 14.

Common Redpoll: Some birders observed from 25 to 50 per day this week along Highway 60 and on the East Side.

Pine Siskin: Seen regularly, including one report of over 100 in a day along Highway 60.

American Goldfinch: A few were still present here this week, but some southern Ontario hawk watch reports indicate they are on the move.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to nine were at the Visitor Centre on most days, but usually only in the morning.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try Opeongo Road and the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: One was along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on November 14, and a male was seen along the Barron Canyon Trail on the East Side, on November 17.

Gray Jay: Seen daily along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Two were observed along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on November 14.

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.


November 12, 2015

Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park
Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park

Bohemian Waxwings were on the move this week, with small flocks briefly attracted to the birds feeding at the Visitor Centre: nine were seen on November 9, and groups of two, five and four on November 10.

Single dispersing female Northern Cardinals were observed along the McManus Lake Road (East Side of the Park) on November 6 and at the Visitor Centre on November 10. This Algonquin rarity occurs here irregularly, usually during October and November. There have been reports of 51 cardinals (26 males and 25 females) during 21 of the 55 years since the first in 1961.

Winter Finches

There were reports of eight species in Algonquin this week, but all except one were in low numbers.

Pine Grosbeak: The first of the fall was photographed along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed (accessible from Arowhon Road) on November 9.

Purple Finch: A few were noted along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and at the Visitor Centre.

Red Crossbill: Seven were observed on the Park's East Side at Lake Travers on November 6.

White-winged Crossbill: A couple were heard flying over along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed on November 7.

Common Redpoll: Two were seen on the Park's East Side at Lake Travers on November 6, and one flew over the Visitor Centre on November 8.

Pine Siskin: Becoming widespread, with a few flocks of 20 to 30 birds this week.

American Goldfinch: A few were seen at the Visitor Centre on most days this week.

Evening Grosbeak: There were 16 on November 3 and 10 on November 10 at the Visitor Centre.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try Opeongo Road in early morning for birds getting grit along the edge, and check the Wolf Howl Pond area of Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: On November 8, two males were seen along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Gray Jay: Seen daily along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and along the black spruce section of Opeongo Road.

Boreal Chickadee: Observed along the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and Opeongo Road. Listen for their distinctive calls.

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.


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