Well, I guess that proves that's not the real reason 75+ people do the Algonquin CBC every year...there are always a few new people doing it for the first time expecting to have birds everywhere but it is mostly returnees coming back for the chance to get out and ski, snowshoe or hike for the day and get to do some socializing after the count (not to mention Ron Tozer's awesome jokes). This year's compilation was a little quieter than normal since the heckling of Doug McRae was absent...
Anyways, on with the results. Erica and I tied my best year with 17 species, so that's pretty good! Overall numbers weren't what you get in a big finch year, but we had birds all day long, which is more that I can say some years. We started the day off at the VC just dropping off Mothboy. Doing that we got 2 extra species: Blue Jay and Evening Grosbeak. The grosbeaks are putting in a good show at the Visitor Centre feeders, with a total of 80 seen on count day (none in the rest of the circle!). Here's one from my feeders a couple year's ago:
|male Evening Grosbeak at Paudash Lake, Haliburton County, Ontario on December 23, 2009|
It was then off to the area we would cover, so Erica and I parked our car at the entrance to the trailer sanitary station (just across from the entrance to the Outdoor Theatre). We spent the rest of the day walking the portage to Blackfox Lake and back again (same area we did last year). It was a really nice walk since we didn't even need snowshoes. We got off to a good start with Boreal Chickadee and Gray Jay just north of our starting point.
|Gray Jay along Opeongo Road, Algonquin Provincial Park, Nipissing District, Ontario. December 4, 2009|
|male Pine Grosbeak, Algonquin Park Visitor Centre, Nipissing District, Ontario. December 29, 2007.|
The other highlight of the day came with the sighting of a Northern Shrike flying by us at one of our stops. All in all a pretty nice day! Here's a link to our ebird checklist for the day: