[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 27, 2006.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jul 27 18:28:26 EDT 2006

A flurry of what appeared to be fall migrants last weekend was the only 
break in the normal pattern of summer birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

Great Egrets are being seen almost every day, but a Green Heron near the 
Park store on July 27 was the first in quite some time.  Two Turkey 
Vultures were soaring over High Bluff Island on July 23.  On the 
preceding day there were two American Black Ducks on Gull Island and 
three Green-winged Teal on the beach north of Owen Point, the first in 
over a month.  A Lesser Scaup at the calf pasture on July 24 was also 
unexpected.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk on July 23 was following a trajectory 
that fall migrants of that species commonly follow.

Most of the shorebirds being seen are on the north shore of Gull Island, 
barely visible from the mainland, but a few are also appearing along the 
beach north of Owen Point.  Two Semipalmated Plovers on July 27 and a 
Lesser Yellowlegs last week were the first of the season.  There was an 
unconfirmed second-hand report of two Baird's Sandpipers, and a 
description of a small flock of shorebirds that appeared to be 
dowitchers.  Before long there should be Pectoral Sandpipers among the 
other shorebirds.

A Black-billed Cuckoo was calling at the lighthouse on July 24.  Other 
birds appearing there recently may have just drifted towards the point 
from elsewhere in the Park or they may be genuine fall migrants.  Among 
them were a probable Least Flycatcher and an adult Chestnut-sided 
Warbler on July 23, and a juvenile of the latter species on the 
following day.  A Nashville Warbler was seen at 83 Bayshore Road on July 
23.  A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was at the lighthouse on July 26.  Orchard 
Orioles were seen at three places along 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.  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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