[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending May 19, 2011.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu May 19 17:49:20 EDT 2011

Presqu'ile Provincial Park is again living up to its reputation as a 
birding hot spot in mid-May, especially for the variety of warblers and 
other colourful migrants that pass through.  One particularly rare bird 
was spotted but left the observer frustrated.

The BRANT migration continues with a flock swimming off Sebastopol 
Island as recently as this morning.  Most of the other waterfowl have 
moved on.  A late RED-THROATED LOON was found on May 15.  Both AMERICAN 
and LEAST BITTERN have been noted in the marsh.  GREEN HERONS have 
appeared twice at the lighthouse.  A rare GLOSSY IBIS was seen twice on 
May 13, both times in flight under conditions that prevented a 
definitive identification as to which of the two similar species was 
involved.  There were at least two sightings each of MERLIN and 
PEREGRINE FALCON in the past week.  Birders are anxiously awaiting the 
main shorebird migration, which is likely imminent.  The only new 
species were 23 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Owen Point and an early 
WHIMBREL that flew past the lighthouse, both on May 14. A FORSTER'S TERN 
was reported on May 14 and two BLACK TERNS flew over on that day.

day were the first of those species seen this year.  A BARRED OWL and 
WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard by a birder camping overnight.  A RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKER was near the lighthouse on May 17 and 18.  RED-BELLIED 
WOODPECKERS are seen on most days.  The fact that a YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER was seen and heard today suggests that OLIVE-SIDED 
FLYCATCHERS will soon appear.  The five species of vireos seen this week 
GNATCATCHERS are being seen every day.  Single NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS 
were seen on May 13 at the day use area and on May 15 and 16 at the 
lighthouse, probably the same bird.  There has been no problem finding 
lots of warblers this week, and the cool, wet, and windy weather has 
kept many of them at eye level or lower.  There were both BLUE-WINGED 
and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS as well as the hybrid "BREWSTER'S WARBLER".  
A  few  ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen, as well as an early MOURNING 
WARBLER on May 14.  A HOODED WARBLER was reported on May 13.  As many as 
seven SCARLET TANAGERS were seen at one time.  A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 
was heard on May 13.  LINCOLN'S SPARROWS have been more plentiful than 
usual.  A late DARK-EYED JUNCO and a late RUSTY BLACKBIRD were at the 
High Bluff campground on May 17.  ORCHARD ORIOLES are here in good 
numbers.  PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS were still present earlier 
this week.

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.

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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