Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 18, 2002.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at
Thu Jul 18 21:56:51 EDT 2002

At this time of year, the prime motivation for birders at Presqu'ile
Provincial Park and elsewhere is the anticipation of the fall
migration.  Many of the breeding birds have fledged their young and have
begun to disperse, making it difficult to know whether birds that are
appearing where they have not been evident since the spring are locally
breeding birds or newly returned migrants.  At Presqu'ile this week,
they are probably a mixture of both.

There are still Common Loons present, as there have been all summer, but
the much anticipated sightings of young birds have not materialized.
Great Egrets are being spotted infrequently, but the time when large
numbers appeared last year (mid-August) is rapidly approaching.

A female Common Merganser was sitting on the south shore of the
peninsula near the lighthouse on July 14.

An immature Bald Eagle flew over the pannes on July 13, the first report
from inside the Park since spring.  A Northern Harrier flying high over
the lighthouse on July 15 was not behaving like one of the resident
birds of that species, nor was a Sharp-shinned Hawk patrolling the
beaches on July 16.  A Northern Goshawk in the heart of the forest on
July 13 was the cause of much agitation among smaller birds.

A trickle of shorebirds has arrived at the beaches now that the water
level is dropping and some of the natural beach is becoming exposed:  a
Greater Yellowlegs on July 13, a Lesser Yellowlegs first seen on July 12
and still present on July 18, four Sanderlings first reported on July
16, a Least Sandpiper on July 18.

A Black-billed Cuckoo called briefly near 83 Bayshore Road on July 12.

It is well known that Barred Owls are year-round residents in the Park,
but they can go undetected for months at a time.  Often it is campers in
the "Craigs" campground who hear them late at night, and that has been
the case again this year, when one was heard there on July 15 and 16 at
about 10:30 p.m.

Pileated Woodpeckers also manage to remain hidden much of the time, but
there were at least two sightings this week.

Among the swallows that have been congregating near the lighthouse
recently there was a Cliff Swallow on July 12.  A few White-throated
Sparrows, some of them singing, have been seen this week.  At least
three Orchard Orioles have been present around 83 Bayshore Road, and are
thought to have nested nearby.

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 normally available at the Park gate.   Access to the offshore
islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the
colonial nesting birds there.

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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