[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 22, 2010.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jul 22 20:07:35 EDT 2010

Birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park this week has been characterized 
by the appearance of birds in places where they have not been seen all 
summer, probably the result of post-breeding dispersal rather than 
migration from the north.

A female WOOD DUCK with a young one was near the marsh boardwalk on 
Sunday.  Among the less common ducks around the shores of Popham Bay 
this week were AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEALS, and (five) 
COMMON MERGANSERS.  A COMMON LOON was seen near the lighthouse.  OSPREYS 
are almost a daily sight around Presqu'ile Bay.  There have been 
additional WILD TURKEY sightings this week, including two birds on one 
occasion.  The shorebird migration has been almost a total loss this 
past week, with only one or two individuals late last week and none at 
all in the past few days.  One observer described two birds which likely 
were dowitchers.  The viewing area at Owen Point has been greatly 
enlarged, allowing an uninterrupted view of the natural beach, where 
shorebirds can be expected to congregate if not disturbed.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO called briefly on July 19.  An /empidonax/ 
flycatcher at the lighthouse was the first at that location in over a 
month.  Other flycatchers will soon be appearing among the early fall 
migrants.  The most recent COMMON RAVEN sighting was on July 16.  A 
CAROLINA WREN giving its call note is a continuing, if erratic, presence 
at 83 Bayshore Road.  A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was at 186 Bayshore Road 
as this report was being drafted.  A BROWN THRASHER and a tail-less 
young one were at Owen Point today.  A FIELD SPARROW has been singing 
regularly behind 71 Bayshore Road.  ORCHARD ORIOLES are seen and heard 
daily at 186 Bayshore Road, and PURPLE FINCHES at 83 Bayshore Road.

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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