[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 11, 2014.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Sep 11 17:26:03 EDT 2014


Plenty of rare or uncommon birds have appeared at Presqu'ile Provincial 
Park in the past week, and the influx of many birders has helped to find 
them.  Only the highlights can be mentioned here.

The arrival of many ducks signals the beginning of the fall waterfowl 
migration.  Among others, there have been 25 AMERICAN WIGEONS, a 
NORTHERN SHOVELER, 20 GREATER SCAUP, 10 LESSER SCAUP, 2 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, a BLACK SCOTER, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a BUFFLEHEAD, 3 COMMON 
GOLDENEYES, and 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.  As yet no HORNED or 
RED-NECKED GREBES have been reported.  LEAST BITTERNS were sighted on 
two different days.  Hawks of several species have been moving through, 
including one or two BALD EAGLES, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and a PEREGRINE 
FALCON.  Seen most regularly, however, have been MERLINS, both at the 
beach and elsewhere.  Three COMMON GALLINULES were in the marsh on 
September 6.

The big attraction of the past week has been the variety of shorebirds, 
and the ease with which they can be observed at close range.  Most 
observers have been able to find at least eight species, including 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in several plumages and a few BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.  
Less frequent sightings have included GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, at 
least two different WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.  Singles of SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER (nicely photographed), RED KNOT, STILT SANDPIPER, 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 
round out the tally.  A few CASPIAN TERNS are still hanging around, and 
a late COMMON TERN was seen on September 8.  Jaegers are seen only once 
or twice a year at Presqu'ile, and many of those notoriously difficult 
birds have to be written off as unidentified as to species, especially 
since the experience of most Ontario birders is limited to fewer than a 
dozen of those.  Hence the reported sighting of a very rare POMARINE 
JAEGER on September 7 by two lucky birders constitutes the highlight of 
the week.  This is also the time of year when PARASITIC JAEGERS might 
show up.

BARRED OWLS continue to be heard in Newcastle Woods by those who live 
nearby.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have been seen at 83 Bayshore Road and 
at the calf pasture.  A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was at the lighthouse 
on September 7.  A late EASTERN KINGBIRD was found on September 6, and 
three TREE SWALLOWS on September 8.  Six MARSH WRENS on September 6 were 
more than are usually seen at this time of year.  An EASTERN BLUEBIRD 
was at the lighthouse on September 8.  An AMERICAN PIPIT on September 6 
was the first of the season.  A good variety of warblers has included 
MOURNING and CAPE MAY WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, and CANADA WARBLER.  
The sparrow migration is still a few weeks from reaching a peak, but 
sightings this week of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCO may 
be fore-runners.

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. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be prepared to wade through water of unknown depth (not 
allowing for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. 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 <mailto:FHELLEINER at TRENTU.CA>.



-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park




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