[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 26, 2008.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 26 20:30:41 EDT 2008

Birding is often thought to be at a low ebb at this time of year, 
between the spring and fall migration periods, yet at Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park, despite its small size, there is sufficient habitat 
diversity that one can easily find as many as 60-70 species of birds in 
a morning in June.  With a bit of extra effort and time, 80 species 
would not be out of the question.

Among the waterfowl currently present are hundreds of Canada Geese, 
close to a dozen Wood Ducks, half a dozen Gadwalls, and a few Redheads 
and scaup.  On June 24, there were four American Wigeons on Owen Point.  
Since June 23, two Long-tailed Ducks have been seen several times 
between Salt Point and the lighthouse.  Four Red-breasted Mergansers 
were on Gull Island on June 24.  There are still two Common Loons in 
Presqu'ile Bay.  Among the herons being seen regularly are Great 
Egrets.  A Green Heron was at the calf pasture.

An Osprey flew past the calf pasture.  While canoeing in the marsh, a 
birder who is familiar with the grunts of Virginia Rails but has never 
heard a King Rail heard three grunts which were a fairly close match 
with one of the sounds of the latter species on a tape.  A Bonaparte's 
Gull was at Owen Point on June 21, as was a Black-billed Cuckoo.  A 
Red-bellied Woodpecker has been visiting the feeders at 83 Bayshore 
Road.  Orchard Orioles continue to be seen regularly.

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,
Brighton, Ontario, Canada, K0K 1H0
VOICE: (613) 475 5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

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