[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 17, 2010.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 17 17:56:45 EDT 2010

As expected, this has not been a particularly exciting week for birding 
in Presqu'ile Provincial Park, but a few unexpected birds have shown up 
and the spring shorebird migration still has not let up. 

In addition to the ducks that have been present all spring on the north 
shore of Gull Island, there have been from one to six GREEN-WINGED TEAL 
at Owen Point on four of the past six days.  One of the scaup that have 
been in that area since late May was identified as a GREATER SCAUP.  
Three COMMON GOLDENEYES on June 13 and one female on June 17 were also 
in that area.  A pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS has been there since 
June 7, but only the male could be found today.  A tight group of four 
COMMON LOONS was off the calf pasture on June 15.  A family of young 
PIED-BILLED GREBES has been easily visible in the woodpile marsh.  The 
latest sighting of the HORNED GREBE in Popham Bay was on June 11.  The 
regular heron-like birds at Presqu'ile these days are AMERICAN BITTERNS, 
BITTERNS and GREEN HERONS are probably also present but have not been 
seen recently. 

An OSPREY on June 14 and an immature BALD EAGLE at the calf pasture on 
the following day were the first of those species in the Park for some 
time. A WILD TURKEY, probably the same bird that keeps re-appearing, was 
in the day use area on June 14.  Ten species of shorebirds, with numbers 
in the low 40's,  have made frequent trips to Owen Point worthwhile for 
birders.  Among others, there were two different BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 
three SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a late (or perhaps early fall) GREATER 
DUNLINS.  Apologies to birders who were alerted to the presence of a 
WESTERN SANDPIPER today, which turned out to be a mis-identification.  
Half a dozen BONAPARTE'S GULLS in various plumages are frequenting the 
area between Salt Point and the lighthouse.  An immature GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Owen Point on June 15.  A BARRED OWL was 
calling behind 83 Bayshore Road on June 15.

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were found this week in two different areas, 
neither of them near the nest in Jobes' Woods.  COMMON RAVENS continue 
to be seen regularly, sometimes two at a time.  An EASTERN BLUEBIRD 
sitting atop a bird feeder on June 16 was a surprise.  On the previous 
day a VEERY  was spotted near the nature centre, where none has been 
evident in recent weeks.  One has to wonder why no one has found a 
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in the Park this year, given that family groups 
have been present in recent years.  A second ORCHARD ORIOLE nest has 
been located perhaps a mere 150 metres from the one that was discovered 
earlier and which is still active.  Occasional PURPLE FINCHES have 
appeared in the past fortnight, including one young bird.

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. Birders are encouraged to record their observations 
on the bird sightings board provided near the campground office by The 
Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for 
species not listed there.

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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