[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending April 28, 2005.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Apr 28 17:39:25 EDT 2005

By the very nature of birding, the sport makes people into optimists, 
forever expecting (or at least hoping for) more sightings than can 
realistically be expected.  Thus, the fact that Presqu'ile Provincial 
Park yielded no rarities during the past week and that newly arriving 
migrants were right on schedule may have disappointed the few birders 
who visited the Park.  Things can only improve.

The latest sighting of Red-throated Loons in Popham Bay was on April 22, 
when four birds were counted.  Onshore winds in recent days have made it 
difficult to determine whether there are still birds of that species 
present.  Four Blue-winged Teal accompanying the regular flock of 
Green-winged Teal near Owen Point on April 27 and five rather late 
Common Goldeneyes at the lighthouse on the same day were the only 
noteworthy waterfowl this week.

Two observers watched a Northern Goshawk fly over on April 22.  Common 
Moorhens are now established in the marsh.  This is about the date when 
a Yellow Rail returned last year, so birders visiting the marsh will 
undoubtedly be listening for its distinctive call in days to come.

Shorebirds are beginning to trickle in, with a Greater Yellowlegs on the 
beach on April 28 and four Dunlins at Owen Point on April 22.  Since 
Willets are appearing elsewhere in Ontario this week, the most 
determined optimists among Presqu'ile birders will be on the lookout not 
only for that species but also for a Mongolian Plover, since the only 
eastern Canadian record of that species occurred at Presqu'ile on the 
same day as a record number of Willets, May 4, 1981.  The first Common 
Tern appeared this year at Owen Point on April 26.

A Red-bellied Woodpecker and two Purple Finches appeared at a feeder at 
83 Bayshore Road on April 22.  Typical late April migrants often include 
several species of warblers, as well as flycatchers, vireos, wrens, and 
gnatcatchers, all of which can be expected to arrive in the very near 

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.  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. 

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