Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending January 16, 2003.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at
Thu Jan 16 17:27:17 EST 2003

Since Presqu'ile Provincial Park was closed for five of the past eight
days, including the weekend, there has been little birding activity and
consequently few bird sightings to report.

As the ice cover in Presqu'ile Bay alternates between being frozen
almost to the lighthouse and open almost to the government dock
(according to the prevailing wind direction), the waterfowl are
concentrated either in the Salt Point area or in the open waters of Lake
Ontario.  Only a few dozen aythya ducks, Redheads and Greater Scaup,
have been seen on any given day, but there still are hundreds of the
commoner species.

One Bald Eagle was seen on January 12 and two on January 14.

An adult Glaucous Gull was sitting on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay on
January 12.  Observers have been on the lookout for the Ross's Gull that
appeared earlier in the week just across Lake Ontario from Presqu'ile
but subsequently disappeared when the bay in which it was seen froze
over.  That rare Arctic species could very well drift into this area.

The various feeders in the Park and on Bayshore Road are being
patronized by good numbers of passerines, albeit of limited variety.
Red-breasted Nuthatches are regular visitors to the feeders at the bird
sightings board and at 83 Bayshore Road.   A Song Sparrow put in another
appearance at 83 Bayshore Road on January 10, where there are also two
White-throated Sparrows.  Another of the latter species appears every
day at dawn and at dusk at 186 Bayshore Road.  Three Common Grackles can
often be seen between 83 and 94 Bayshore Road.  Up to fifty American
Goldfinches have been dominating 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.  The channel separating Gull Island
from the mainland has almost disappeared, making the island almost a
peninsula.  The channel is only a few metres wide and about 10-15
centimetres deep.  However, when the channel between the island and Owen
Point is frozen, as it has been recently, the ice may be unsafe to walk
on without breaking through.

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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