[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending March 3, 2005.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Mar 3 18:25:29 EST 2005


Under normal circumstances, there would already be a few landbird 
migrants at Presqu'ile Provincial Park by this date.  Even an American 
Woodcock had returned by late February a few years ago.  However, 
conditions have not been normal for the past week or two, in that there 
has been no break in the sub-normal temperatures and northerly winds.  
Consequently, only water birds have shown any sign of a spring 
migration, and even that appears to have slowed down.

There are still thousands of ducks in Presqu'ile Bay, but the majority 
of the Redheads and Canvasbacks that moved in a few weeks ago have moved 
out again, leaving fewer than 100 of each visible from the government 
dock on any given day.  No doubt that will change by the time of the 
Waterfowl Viewing Festival on March 12, 13, 19, and 20.

A Barred Owl and a Snowy Owl were the only two owls reported during the 
past week, the latter eating something while resting on the ice of 
Presqu'ile Bay.

On at least two occasions during the week, the Northern Flicker that had 
not been reported since early January was observed again near 83 
Bayshore Road, most recently on March 3.  A Northern Shrike was on Gull 
Island on February 27.  (After March 9, there will be no access to Gull 
Island until September 11.)  The Tufted Titmouse has become a frequent 
visitor to feeders on Bayshore Road, especially at house number 186, 
where a Brown Creeper is an occasional visitor.  Four Golden-crowned 
Kinglets were seen and one photographed near the Park store.  A single 
American Robin was seen on February 26.  There is at least one flock of 
Cedar Waxwings in the Park, numbering by one count about 90 birds.  It 
now appears that there are three White-throated Sparrows at 83 Bayshore 
Road.  The only noteworthy finches seen recently were a dozen Common 
Redpolls, also at 83 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. Although the channel separating Gull 
Island from Owen Point may appear to be frozen over, the thickness of 
the ice is probably unreliable because of the underlying currents.

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

> Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
> that is available at the Park gate. Although the channel separating 
> Gull Island from Owen Point may appear to be frozen over, the 
> thickness of the ice is probably unreliable because of the underlying 
> currents.
>
> 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. 





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