[Ontbirds]Sharp-t Sparrow, Whimbrel at Presqu'ile

Doug McRae rdmcrae at sympatico.ca
Sun Sep 25 12:37:26 EDT 2005

Greetings all,

This morning Ron Tozer, Fred Helleiner and I birded Gull Island at  
Presqu'ile.  There were quite a few sparrows (mostly W-thr, W-c,  
Swamp, Song and Junco) in the tall lambs quarters that surround the  
seasonal pond (near the east tip of Gull) including a very bright and  
yellow looking Sharp-tailed Sparrow, which was initially located  
because it sang twice.  Other birds of interest included a Whimbrel  
still hanging in, 1 juv. Golden Plover, 1 singing Marsh Wren and  
another wren that got away which was either this or Sedge Wren,  
single Bay-breast and Blackpoll Warblers.  On the mainland at Owen  
Pt. there was an Indigo Bunting and a juv Baird's Sandpiper.

We also noticed that Ontario Parks has just posted High Bluff Island  
as closed to the public - even outside the nesting season.  There are  
new duck hunting blinds there so I am not sure if they are allowing  
hunters on but not birders.  This may relate to the finding that the  
large dump of shot cormorants from their culling efforts has exceeded  
the allowable limits for mercury, and now has to be removed from the  
island.  Hopefully the park will clarify why birders are being  
excluded from the island, and when it might be open again for public  


Doug McRae

Presqu'ile is located on Lake Ontario, just south of Brighton.  It is  
well signed from either Hwy 401 or the former Hwy. 2.

Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
Canada K0K 1H0
rdmcrae at sympatico.ca

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