[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 28, 2006.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Sep 28 20:38:51 EDT 2006

Twenty years ago today, the weather at Presqu'ile Provincial Park was 
wet and grey, like today, but on that day a new bird for Canada was 
discovered in the Park, a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher.  No such momentous 
sighting was repeated on this anniversary, but another rare bird 
provided a consolation prize.

Horned Grebes are increasing in number, with one observer counting 15 on 
September 27.  Two Red-necked Grebes were seen on September 23.  A 
Black-crowned Night-Heron was lingering on High Bluff Island as recently 
as September 24.  In addition to the growing flock of Greater Scaup in 
Popham Bay, three Lesser Scaup were there on September 25.  More and 
more White-winged Scoters are in the waters off Presqu'ile, one of the 
most productive vantage points for seeing them being campsite 231.

An Osprey at the calf pasture on September 23 was rather late.  On the 
following day a Bald Eagle was seen near the lighthouse.  Both 
Black-bellied Plovers and American Golden-Plovers have been moving 
around on a regular basis from beach 3 to Gull Tombolo (formerly Gull 
Island). On September 28, a rare shorebird, an American Avocet (the 
rarity referred to above) appeared on Gull Tombolo, but, unlike the 
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, could not be relocated five hours later.  
The last sighting of the Whimbrel on the tombolo was on September 24.  
There were sightings of the Ruddy Turnstone that has been present since 
September 11 on September 24 and 26.  Two Semipalmated Sandpipers on 
September 28 were the first in over two weeks.  Forty Pectoral 
Sandpipers suddenly appeared on the tombolo in the rain on September 
28.  An adult Little Gull at Owen Point on September 22 may be the same 
bird as the one seen two days later at the Brighton sewage lagoon.  A 
single Caspian Tern was still present on September 24, but several small 
terns have been in Presqu'ile Bay throughout the past week, at least one 
of which was a Forster's Tern seen on September 23.

A Whip-poor-will along Paxton Drive on September 25 was an unusual 
find.  Small numbers of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still present and 
will soon be challenging last year's record late dates.  Yellow-bellied 
Sapsuckers and Eastern Phoebes have been all over the Park in the past 
week.  A Warbling Vireo sighting on September 25 may be the latest on 
record.  Two Common Ravens were at the lighthouse on September 24.  A 
flock of Tree Swallows was high in the air on September 23.  
Orange-crowned Warblers have been seen on three different days in the 
past week, as well as at least twelve other warbler species.  A Canada 
Warbler on the weekend was rather late.  A Field Sparrow was at the calf 
pasture and a flock of Rusty Blackbirds was at a Bayshore Road feeder on 
September 25.  A flock of Common Grackles moving up the point from the 
lighthouse on that date was the first of that species in three weeks.

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. It should be noted that, because 
duck hunting is given priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and 
Saturdays, Gull Tombolo, High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture 
are not available for bird-watching on those days.  For the first time 
in several years, however, birders and others will be permitted at Owen 
Point on hunting days, at least for the first few weeks of the hunting 

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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