[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 16, 2009.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jul 16 20:32:16 EDT 2009

Birders visiting Presqu'ile Provincial Park this week from outside the 
immediate area have not been disappointed.  At least 75 species of birds 
have been observed in the Park this week, and an additional two late 
last week.  To a great extent this reflects the diversity of habitats in 
the Park.

The two TRUMPETER SWANS reported last week were seen again twice in the 
last four days in the vicinity of Sebastopol Island.  A scope is needed 
to pick them out from among the MUTE SWANS.  An AMERICAN WIGEON on Gull 
Island was the first in about three weeks.  REDHEADS in that area have 
increased in number to about 14.  A COMMON MERGANSER was at Salt Point 
on July 12.  One observer found four species of heron-related birds in 
one day, all of which are regularly present but not always seen on the 

OSPREYS often fish over Presqu'ile Bay, and this week has been no 
exception.  A RED-TAILED HAWK, likely a visitor from outside the Park, 
was harassed by a number of smaller birds to the point of wishing he had 
never made the trip.  The fall shorebird migration has been slowly 
picking up steam for the past several days, with gradually increasing 
many as three at a time) on three of the past four days.  One of the 
next shorebird species to arrive might well be a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.  Two 
immature GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS were present on July 11.

For the second consecutive Friday, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was calling at 
the lighthouse on July 10.  PILEATED WOODPECKERS and BROWN CREEPERS are 
year-round residents at Presqu'ile, but finding them in summer is a 
matter of luck, yet one birder saw one of each this week.  RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCHES are also present all year, but one near the lighthouse on 
July 16 had obviously moved away from its breeding territory, whether 
that was in the Park or elsewhere.  On July 13 a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 
spent a few hours feeding two recently fledged juveniles as they sat 
shoulder to shoulder in a birch tree near the lighthouse.  From one to 
three of that species has visited that birch tree every day since then.  
Warblers that have been seen this week, including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 
PINE WARBLER, and three AMERICAN REDSTARTS, can not be considered fall 
migrants, as they all summer at Presqu'ile.  FIELD SPARROWS, seen on 
July 14, are also in that category.  ORCHARD ORIOLES continue to be seen 
in various plumages almost every day.  After last week's report noted 
the absence of PINE SISKINS, two showed up at a feeder on the very next 
day, and one was still there on July 11.

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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