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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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December 1, 2016

There is relatively little change in the birding situation compared with last week, but mild temperatures and rain have greatly reduced the snow cover that we had.

Boreal Specialties

Spruce Grouse: No reports. Try the Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported at the old Sims Pit section of Arowhon Road and at the rail bed chain gate nearby.

Gray Jay: Regular at Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed, Spruce Bog Boardwalk and on Opeongo Road (gated at Cameron Lake Road junction).

Boreal Chickadee: No reports. Likely due to fewer observers now and possibly less vocal chickadees. Try the same areas as for Gray Jays.

Winter Finches

Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin Park
Evening Grosbeak in Algonquin Park

Finch numbers remain low but species diversity is not bad for a poor cone crop year.

Pine Grosbeak: One report of six at Costello Picnic Area on Opeongo Road. So there are a few around.

Purple Finch: One at the Visitor Centre feeders was last seen on November 27.

Red Crossbill: Fairly regular sightings of small groups on Highway 60 pavement and shoulder, with a couple of larger flocks of 25-30 birds.

White-winged Crossbill: Small groups of this crossbill continue to be seen. A flock of 35 photographed on the 27th at Spruce Bog Boardwalk were at black spruce cones.

Common Redpoll: The first report here this fall involved an estimated 200 birds noted by an experienced observer in the Lake Travers area of the Park's East Side (accessible from the Pembroke area) between dawn and dusk on the 26th. Birders should be looking and listening for redpolls along Highway 60.

Pine Siskin: No reports.

American Goldfinch: The Visitor Centre feeders continue to attract about 20 each day, and others are along the Highway 60.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 50 individuals are now coming daily to the Visitor Centre feeders.

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 24, 2016

Snow and ice (on ponds and smaller lakes) have arrived in Algonquin Park.

The bird feeders are now operational at the Visitor Centre.

Gray Jay in Algonquin Park
Gray Jays in Algonquin Park

Boreal Specialties

Some birders continue to have success in finding Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee along the rail bed section of the Mizzy Lake Trail (accessible via Arowhon Road). Gray Jays are also regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and on Opeongo Road (from the locked gate northward, accessible on foot).

Winter Finches

Although finch numbers are limited in Algonquin so far, there is good species diversity.

Pine Grosbeak: With the arrival of persistent snow and highway salting operations, a few have been observed along the road in recent days.

Purple Finch: One has been coming to the Visitor Centre feeders. There are probably a few others out there as well.

Red Crossbill: They are fairly scarce but observed occasionally. Typical sightings involve one to six birds, although one flock of 25 was reported.

White-winged Crossbill: This crossbill is being seen more regularly than the Red Crossbill. Flocks of up to 20 birds have been reported, with some picking at salty snow along the highway shoulder. The Mizzy Lake Trail rail bed and Opeongo Road are also good locations to look for them.

Pine Siskin: No reports from the Park this week, but a single bird at a feeder near Oxtongue Lake west of Algonquin may indicate the presence of a few.

American Goldfinch: The Visitor Centre feeders are attracting about 20 each day, and others are along the highway.

Evening Grosbeak: Up to 23 individuals came daily to the Visitor Centre feeders this week. They are less frequently seen there after mid-morning.

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 10, 2016

An update of recent bird sightings in Algonquin Park.

Boreal Specialties

Birders have had some recent success in finding Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee along the rail bed section of the Mizzy Lake Trail. Gray Jays are also regular at Spruce Bog Boardwalk and on Opeongo Road north of the second bridge.

Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park
Bohemian Waxwing in Algonquin Park

Bohemian Waxwing

There have been three reports (October 20 to November 6) of small numbers apparently on the move. There is little here for this species to feed on except for some lingering Winterberry (Ilex) and tree buds.

Winter Finches

Cone crops are poor except for Eastern White Cedar.

Pine Grosbeak: A single bird along the Mizzy Lake Trail on November 6 was the first and only record to date.

Purple Finch: Most have left.

Red Crossbill: A few reports of small numbers.

White-winged Crossbill: Quite a few reports, usually involving small numbers of flyovers but also some flocks of 30 to 50 birds. Some seen on Black Spruce and Tamarack. Most sightings have come from Mizzy Lake Trail and Opeongo Road. Probably on the move in search of better cone crops.

Pine Siskin: No reports during the late October-early November period.

American Goldfinch: Most have left.

Evening Grosbeak: Small numbers (usually one to five birds) have been reported at various locations.

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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