Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 14, 2002

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at
Fri Feb 15 00:01:32 EST 2002

Almost all of the bird observations in Presqu'ile Provincial Park during
the past week have involved waterfowl in Presqu'ile Bay and land birds
at feeders on Bayshore Road.  Although the amount of ice in the bay
fluctuates from day to day, even hour to hour, there is generally open
water as far inland as opposite the calf pasture, to which access can be
gained on foot from Bayshore Road.

In addition to the large number of Mute Swans that are conspicuously
present around the edge of the ice, there have also been up to 15 Tundra
Swans frequenting the open water immediately adjacent to the calf
pasture, often very close to shore.  Although the bulk of the thousands
of ducks in the bay are Greater Scaup, there are also good numbers of
Redheads and Canvasbacks.

At least two Bald Eagles, an immature and a nearly adult-plumaged bird,
have been seen several times during the week.  Two Iceland Gulls were
seen on February 9.

At a feeder at 83 Bayshore Road, there was a Northern Flicker on
February 9, and a White-throated Sparrow and a few Common Grackles from
time to time.  A Northern Shrike has been observed irregularly
throughout the winter at the calf pasture, and was again seen on
February 8.  Outside the Park, but near enough to warrant mention here,
two flocks of Bohemian Waxwings were seen, one on February 11 over the
town of Brighton and the other alongside the Murray Canal on the
following day.

Eleven White-winged Crossbills spent most of the morning of February 13
visiting the finch feeder at 38 Bayshore Road.  On the next day, a Hoary
Redpoll was spotted among the scores of Common Redpolls that have been
daily patrons of the feeders at 186 Bayshore Road.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate.  Visitors to Gull Island should be
prepared to wade through shin-deep water in which there is often a swift
current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven.  The ice between Owen
Point and Gull Island is considered unsafe at present.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER at TRENTU.CA.

Fred Helleiner

186 Bayshore Road,
R.R. #4,
Brighton, Ontario, Canada, K0K 1H0
VOICE: (613) 475 5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner at>

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