[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending August 4, 2011.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Aug 4 20:43:22 EDT 2011


Birders visiting Presqu'ile Provincial Park in the past week have 
reported mixed results.  Some, including a couple from Perth, Australia 
on a birding/bicycling tour across Canada, have found most of what they 
were looking for, while others had to content themselves with the 
profusion of run-of-the-mill birds that keep summer birding in the Park 
from being a dead loss.  As always, however, there were one or two 
surprises.

WOOD DUCKS and MALLARDS continue to be the most reliable ducks, but a 
few GADWALLS and AMERICAN WIGEONS and a COMMON MERGANSER have also been 
present this week.  A surprising RED-NECKED GREBE was found on August 1, 
and three were there the next day.  LEAST BITTERNS are now more 
difficult to find than last month, but singles were seen twice.  GREAT 
EGRETS are one of Presqu'ile's most reliable summer birds and continue 
to be seen daily.  Among raptors, TURKEY VULTURES, OSPREYS, a 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and two MERLINS were all seen this week, the latter 
being the first of that species in several weeks.  Perhaps surprisingly, 
the shorebird migration yielded no new species this week, but two 
BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were on the beach on July 30.  One of the resident 
birders heard a BARRED OWL.

A visiting birder caught a brief but unmistakable glimpse of a 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in flight.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS continue to 
frequent the feeders at 83 Bayshore Road.  This is the month when 
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS can sometimes be seen perched on elevated 
snags.  An ALDER FLYCATCHER was heard on July 31.  The spectacle of 
roosting swallows in the marsh (mostly PURPLE MARTINS, TREE SWALLOWS, 
BANK SWALLOWS, and BARN SWALLOWS) is phenomenal.  One observer initially 
estimated the number at 10,000 but later revised it to 50,000.  
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen by two observers today, and one of them 
also saw a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.   Some warbler migration appears to 
have taken place this week, with sightings of  NASHVILLE WARBLER, 
NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN 
WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER among others.  The only other 
noteworthy birds in the Park this week were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 
PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN.

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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