[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 24, 2010.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 24 22:06:30 EDT 2010

With the summer solstice now behind us, there is a hiatus between the 
spring and fall bird migrations at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.  The 
focus instead is on birds, mostly water birds, that should be breeding 
further north, in some cases much further north, but which are appearing 
in small numbers around the Park.

WOOD DUCKS are the only ducks being regularly (daily) seen in the 
marsh,  most other potential breeding waterfowl having been displaced by 
the ubiquitous MUTE SWANS.  Along the north shore of Gull Island, among 
the varied dabbling and other ducks, a rare and record late male 
EURASIAN WIGEON has been present and visible through a scope from 
lookout #3 on the Owen Point trail for the past two days (June 23/24).  
Much of the time it stays hidden on the shore or behind a point of land 
or among the other ducks, but from time to time it swims out into the 
open. The GREEN-WINGED TEAL tally in the Owen Point area reached 18 on 
June 22 and 15 on June 23.  REDHEADS  and a GREATER SCAUP are also off 
Gull Island on most days.  A RING-NECKED DUCK was reported off the 
government dock on June 21.  A LESSER SCAUP was there on June 23.  A 
male LONG-TAILED DUCK, normally in the Arctic at this time, was in the 
outer part of Presqu'ile Bay on June 19 and 20.  A female COMMON 
GOLDENEYE  has been in Popham Bay for the past three days, and a female 
HOODED MERGANSER was there yesterday.  The pair of  RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSERS that has been at Owen Point for over two weeks was still 
present today.  Another Arctic breeder that should not have been here 
was a RED-THROATED LOON in full breeding plumage in Popham Bay near Owen 
Point on June 22.

A canoeing birder flushed a LEAST BITTERN from the outer marsh on June 
21.  He also heard some unfamiliar grunting emanating from the reeds.  A 
TURKEY VULTURE was spotted in the Park on June 21.  Day by day, migrant 
shorebirds have dwindled to a mere four SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS today, 
whereas earlier in the week there were nine of them plus three 
Returning LEAST SANDPIPERS might soon appear on the mud flats at Owen 
Point.  BONAPARTE'S GULLS are still being seen daily near the 
lighthouse, and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach on June 20.  
A possible FORSTER'S TERN seen this week would be the first this year at 
Presqu'ile if its identity had been confirmed.

Land birds are notoriously difficult to find these days, especially in 
the forest, where foliage gets in the way of visual observation and song 
levels are much reduced from what they were only a month ago.  One 
devoted observer, however, has continued his monitoring of a RED-BELLIED 
WOODPECKER nest in Jobes' woods.  A vocal ALDER FLYCATCHER has been 
observed on four of the past seven days opposite 38 Bayshore Road.  
COMMON RAVEN sightings continue, albeit on a less frequent basis. 
Warblers are among the difficult birds to find at this time of year, but 
it is worth noting that the photographs of a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER taken 
at the calf pasture on June 3 have been received at the Park office.  
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS are not uncommon in the woods at this time of 
year, but one birder was fortunate to have one visit his feeder.  A 
PURPLE FINCH came to a different feeder.

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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