We saw only seven Pine Grosbeaks and
they were feeding up high on White Spruce cones on Opeongo Road. Ron
remarked he hadn't seen them eating spruce seed very often. In
winter in Algonquin Park where Mountain Ash is scarce, they eat the
buds of maples, aspens and willows.
During our four hour visit to the park,
at Spruce Bog were several Gray Jays and a Boreal Chickadee, and we
heard a few Red and White-winged Crossbills fly over. On Opeongo
Road was a Northern Shrike, a small flock of Pine Siskins, and three
or four Gray Jays. Small numbers of Pine Siskins were feeding on the
main highway. The Visitor Centre feeders had Evening Grosbeaks, Blue
Jays, American Goldfinches and two Common Redpolls.