[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile - Ducks and Shorebirds and Eared Grebe

Bree, David (MNR) david.bree at ontario.ca
Tue Oct 12 14:40:40 EDT 2010

While not a million ducks (what a site that would be) Popham Bay off
Presqu'ile Provincial Park had its first big raft of divers today.
About 6000 birds in one big long raft was almost a kilometre offshore.
Scope views showed most were scaup, I'm thinking Greater but I could not
tell at that distance.  Also about 500 Redheads.  Around the edge of the
raft were 3-4 Horned Grebe and a smaller darker Eared Grebe!  Even more
distant grebes may have been Red-necked.


Still a few shorebirds

Pectoral - 4

Dunlin - 25

Black-bellied Plovers - 24 (all sleeping)

Semipalmated Plovers - 9

White-rumped Sandpiper - 8

Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3


Also still a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers in with the sparrows.


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, exit Hwy. 401 south at exit 509 and
follow the signs through 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 shin-deep water in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery.  It should also be noted that on waterfowl hunting days
(Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays), Gull Island, High Bluff
Island, Owen Point, and part of the calf pasture are not available for
bird-watching on those days. 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.



David Bree

Natural Heritage Education (NHE) Leader

Presqu'ile Provincial Park

328 Presqu'ile Parkway

Brighton, ON  K0K 1H0

Tel: (613) 475-4324 ext. 225

Fax: (613) 475-2209


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