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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reds and Greys

A small number of Common Redpolls Carduelis flammea of the nominate subspecies flammea were hanging around the seed feeders at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. The buffier individuals, like the bird above, would appear to be first winters, whilst the greyer (and in one case, very much pinker!) birds would appear to be adults.

An adult male.

Adult, sex unknown.

Another adult.

Two typically tame Grey Jays found along the old railway bed off the Arowhon Road at Algonquin Park.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pine Grosbeaks at Algonquin

A weekend trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario allowed me to finally see Pine Grosbeaks, after having heard many in recent weeks. Up to 22 of these beautiful finches were present at the Visitor Centre on Saturday 25th November, and the views were pretty good!..

Some examples of pink adult males and a duller adult female (told from 1st-winter birds by the rounded, rather than pointed, tail feathers) are shown here.

Adult Female - not as bright, but still good.