Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 4, 2012 Birding at Algonquin Park

The birding today at Algonquin Park was very good with increasing numbers of winter finches including White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeak, and the first Pine Grosbeaks of the fall. The Algonquin Park specialties, Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker were elusive but we managed to have great views of Boreal Chickadee and Gray Jay. The Gray Jays were easy to find with 4 along Opeongo Lake Road, 2 along Hwy.60, 8 along Mizzy Lake Trail/Old Railway bed. Boreal Chickadee was found a Wolf Howl Pond and a number of small flocks of Snow buntings were observed along Hwy.60.  
Good Birding, Bruce

Directions: courtesy of Ron Tozer
 The Visitor Centre at km 43 on Highway 60 is officially open on weekends and holidays only for the winter (9 am to 5 pm). Access to view birds and the exhibits is often possible on weekdays, however. At the centre you can find recent bird sightings, information, and helpful Park Staff to assist your birding efforts.
Algonquin 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). Get your park permit and the park tabloid (with a map of birding locations mentioned here) at the gates.

Please send us any bird sightings you¹ve had in the park, even of common birds, as we continue to monitor the autumn migration.
You can also get directions to the locations, as well as updates and info
about other park events at:

The first Pine Grosbeaks of the fall were observed in Algonquin Park  on November 4th feeding along Hwy. 60.

A Red Fox made a brief appearance along Arowhon Road as we drove along.

The top end of Mizzy Lake Trail/ Old Railway bed is a great location Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and recently Great Gray Owl.

Ben  videoing  a Gray Jay while it sits on head feeding.

The Gray Jay is a permanent resident in Algonquin Park.

The Hooded Merganser is a regular fall migrant.

A light dusting of snow overnight was a reminder that winter isn't far behind.

A Ruffed Grouse sits quietly in a tree but finally flew a short distance and disappeared in the forest.

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