[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 10, 2009.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Sep 10 20:21:51 EDT 2009

In the week leading up to the Ontario Field Ornithologists' excursion to 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park this coming Sunday, a number of interesting 
sightings have occurred.  Fall migration can be observed in the Park 
either directly or indirectly by noting the day-to-day departure of some 
birds and the arrival of others.

In addition to the hundreds of CANADA GEESE that gather around the 
shores of Popham Bay, a noisy southbound flock was observed high 
overhead on September 9, a sure sign of impending colder weather.  Among 
the dozens of MALLARDS that are congregating on Gull Island, oblivious 
to the imminent duck hunt, there were several other species of dabbling 
NORTHERN SHOVELER, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.  A scaup of unknown species 
was seen flying over and a COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Owen Point.  Most 
GREAT EGRETS have departed, but the odd one is still being seen.

Ten species of diurnal raptors were seen at Presqu'ile in the past week, 
one of the most regular of which has been an immature BALD EAGLE, which, 
on one occasion was being mobbed by an AMERICAN KESTREL.  BROAD-WINGED 
HAWKS, uncommon at Presqu'ile, were seen on three different days this 
week, including two early one morning in the trees near the lighthouse. 

Shorebirds are again the focus of attention, with a good variety and 
some noteworthy species.  Both BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER are being seen almost every day.  A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was 
seen on September 6, and four or five WHIMBRELS have been present on the 
beach and on Gull Island.  Three different observers reported single 
WESTERN SANDPIPERS on the weekend.  BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS are present most 
of the time, as many as 11 on September 7.  DUNLINS are likely to be the 
next to appear.  Usually two but up to four STILT SANDPIPERS have been 
regular sightings.  A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER has also been on the beach 
on one or two occasions, most recently on September 10.  Many observers  
have had the opportunity to study closely two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
that have been present every day since September 5.  An AMERICAN 
WOODCOCK  was at the entrance to the marsh boardwalk.  A phalarope seen 
on September 6 was too far to identify as to species. If a jaeger 
appeared on Sunday, which would not be out of the question at this date, 
it would undoubtedly be a highlight of the OFO outing.

There have been three recent "sightings" of BARRED OWLS, two of which 
were in Jobes' woods, though one was only heard.  Three COMMON 
NIGHTHAWKS flew over on September 5 and 6.  The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 
that has been patronizing the feeders at 83 Bayshore Road of late has 
appeared on each of the last four days.  On September 6, a late EASTERN 
KINGBIRD was at the lighthouse and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at 83 
Bayshore Road.  A female BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE that had been banded in 
the Park in May, 2005 and caught again on August 31 of last year was 
caught for a third time on September 5.  A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was 
seen beside Paxton Drive on September 9.  VEERIES were seen on three 
different days this week.  AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on September 5, 6, 
and 8.  Most of the common warbler species were seen in the past week, 
but especially notable was a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on September 4.  
Others of interest were TENNESSEE WARBLERS and CAPE MAY WARBLERS on 
September 5 and 6, A PALM WARBLER on September 8, and a MOURNING WARBLER 
on September 5.  It is almost time for the first ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLERS  to appear.

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.  Visitors to Gull Island not using a 
boat should be prepared to wade through water of uncertain depth in 
which there is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat 
uneven and slippery.  Birders are encouraged to record their 
observations on the bird sightings board provided by The Friends of 
Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not 
listed 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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