[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 16, 2011.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 16 20:33:43 EDT 2011

Presqu'ile Provincial Park has a remarkable number of bird species that 
spend the summer here, many of which have been found in the past week.  
Some of these usually spend the summer further north and are not 
normally found along the north shore of Lake Ontario except while 
passing through in migration.  Others are near the northern limit of 
their range at any season.  While those are not unexpected in the Park 
in summer, they are the principal focus of birding these days.  Only a 
few spring migrants are still around.

Hundreds of CANADA GEESE are gathered on the shore of Popham Bay, most 
of which are likely non-breeders or birds that have finished breeding 
for this year.  A few unlikely ducks found in the past week are an 
AMERICAN WIGEON on June 12, up to eight REDHEADS, two SCAUP (sp.?), and 
a late BUFFLEHEAD on June 10.  Some of the hundreds of DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS that nest on High Bluff Island have taken over Sebastopol 
Island, displacing most of the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS that were 
nesting there.  A LEAST BITTERN flew across the causeway that leads to 
the Park. 

An immature BALD EAGLE flew over the Park on June 14.  The only other 
hawks noted this week were NORTHERN HARRIER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and 
COOPER'S HAWK.  A WILD TURKEY was seen at least twice.  A SORA was found 
in the Owen Point marsh.  Northbound shorebirds continue to arrive on 
the beach:  a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on June 12, RUDDY TURNSTONES on June 
SANDPIPERS on June 16, 8 DUNLINS on June 14.  Single BONAPARTE'S GULLS 
on June 12 (adult) and 14 (immature) and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS on 
June 11 and 12.   A BARRED OWL was heard on June 14.  June is also a 
month when Presqu'ile's only CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW was around (22 years 
ago), so, given that the species has occurred further north than this in 
each of the past two years, local birders can live in hope that another 
might show up.

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is one of the southern species which has become 
established at Presqu'ile and has been seen regularly this week.  Both 
WILLOW and LEAST FLYCATCHERS have been present this week.  BROWN CREEPER 
and WINTER WREN, also seen this week, are two of the northern species 
that spend the summer at Presqu'ile.  In contrast, the BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHER seen this week is one of the Park's southern summer 
residents.  A male EASTERN BLUEBIRD was found on June 12, for the second 
time in three weeks.  A record late BLACKPOLL WARBLER on June 16 was 
almost certainly a lingering migrant, but the CANADA WARBLER on June 13 
may well be here all summer.  ORCHARD ORIOLES, a southern bird, and 
PURPLE FINCHES, a northern bird, are both summer residents at Presqu'ile 
and this week was no exception.
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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