[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 18, 2009.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 18 19:26:52 EDT 2009

Except for a "last hurrah" of migrating shorebirds on June 14, bird life 
at Presqu'ile Provincial Park has settled into its static summer mode.  
Only the occasional sighting of a bird that forgot to migrate north 
livens birding up these days.

REDHEADS have been a fixture on the north shore of Gull Island for 
several recent summers, and this year is no exception.  On the other 
hand, a male RING-NECKED DUCK near the causeway just outside the Park 
gate on June 15 represents an exceptionally late date.  On two mornings 
this week, an AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed from the Owen Point trail, 
where one of that species exhibited similar odd behaviour through much 
of last July and August, probably feeding on the abundant leopard 
frogs.  GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continue to be a 
standard attraction for Presqu'ile birders.  An OSPREY flew over the 
Nature Centre and a WILD TURKEY wandered through the property at 58 
Bayshore Road.  Hearing a RUFFED GROUSE drumming as late as June 15 was 

 From now on, even though the solstice is not yet upon us, any sighting 
of a non-resident shorebird will raise the question of whether it is a 
lingering northbound migrant or an early southbound one.  It is safe to 
assume, however, that most of those which were on the beach from June 12 
- 14 were still en route to their breeding grounds.  Among those still 
present on June 14 were a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,  a RUDDY TURNSTONE (at 
SANDPIPERS,  and a DUNLIN, none of which have been reported 
subsequently.  A BONAPARTE'S GULL was also on the beach on that day.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS have been calling in three different parts of the 
Park this week.  One observer found three BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS in 
Newcastle woods, a species that normally breeds to the north of here but 
is regular in summer at Presqu'ile.  The same observer found a PRAIRIE 
WARBLER in the Park on June 20 a few years ago, evidence of the 
surprises that can show up even between migration seasons.  The ORCHARD 
ORIOLES whose nest is behind the Lighthouse Visitor Centre appear to 
have hatched their young.  It remains a mystery whether the two PINE 
SISKINS that have continued to visit the feeders at 186 Bayshore Road as 
recently as June 16 are nesting somewhere nearby.

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 

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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