[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 16, 2007.
fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Aug 16 20:40:06 EDT 2007
With the first big influx of fall land bird migrants having reached
Presqu'ile Provincial Park on Tuesday, birding has become much more
exciting in the Park and promises to become even more so. The foliage
still makes it difficult to spot the warblers in the canopy, especially
since they are being greatly outnumbered by monarch butterflies, whose
movements offer a constant distraction for those whose only interest is
Not a day has gone by in the past week without sightings of Common Loons
in Presqu'ile Bay. Their distress calls when boats approach too closely
come as a pleasant surprise to visitors at the calf pasture. One group
of observers saw eight Great Egrets fly over. Although it is still a
bit early for the main hawk migration (much of which by-passes
Presqu'ile anyway), there have been several interesting sightings this
week: Ospreys on most days; Northern Harriers (probably local
breeders); Sharp-shinned Hawk at the calf pasture on August 15; Cooper's
Hawk and Peregrine Falcon on August 16; Merlin on August 14.
A Black-bellied Plover has been at Owen Point regularly since August
11. Up to six Semipalmated Plovers and four Lesser Yellowlegs have also
been present on most days. A bird that fitted the description of a
Hudsonian Godwit was reported, but the bird disappeared before its
identity could be confirmed. A Baird's Sandpiper aand two Short-billed
Dowitchers were also of interest. The next two weeks should see more
shorebirds arriving, and with them, one hopes, an even greater variety
A Rock Pigeon flew over the lighthouse on August 16. The most recent
Barred Owl sighting was on August 14. Three Common Nighthawks flew over
the lighthouse at dusk on August 10. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are
appearing in greater numbers than during the earlier part of the
summer. /Empidonax /flycatchers and Eastern Phoebes have begun showing
up here and there. The last two weeks of August are one of two brief
periods of the year when Olive-sided Flycatchers can be expected. A
small Blue Jay migration appeared to be taking place at the lighthouse
on August 16. Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers have been seen twice at the
lighthouse and once at the calf pasture this week.
Ten species of warblers reached Presqu'ile this week, nine of them on
August 14. Among others, there were Nashville Warblers, Chestnut-sided
Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers,
Black-and-white Warblers, Mourning Warblers, Canada Warblers, and one
that was likely a Bay-breasted Warbler. Scarlet Tanagers have been at
the lighthouse on two different days.
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.
186 Bayshore Road,
Brighton, Ontario, Canada, K0K 1H0
VOICE: (613) 475 5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park.
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