[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Pr.Pk.: Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot and warblers

Bruce Di Labio bruce.dilabio at sympatico.ca
Sat Sep 13 19:44:46 EDT 2014

Hi Everyone 
A group of us spent part of the day birding the park. Despite the rain the birding was excellent. Shorebird watching was very good with a total of 13 species including  1 Hudsonian Godwit, 2 Red Knot, 1 American Golden Plover, 78 Sanderling, 6 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, and 1 American Golden-Plover. These birds were located between Beach #1 and Owen Point. The highlight of the outing was an amazing movement of land birds, mainly warblers at Calf Pasture. Over 500+ warblers were observed, 18 species, as they passed through the area moving north. It was reminiscent of a spring Pelee reverse migration. It was an incredible sight as the birds quickly moved south to north through the vegetation. High counts included Black and White Warbler 20+, Bay-breasted Warbler 20+, Black-throated Green Warbler 50+, Nashville Warbler 50+, Northern Parula  50+, American Redstart 20+, and 130 unidentified warbler. We also recorded  Red-eyed Vireo 70+, Warbling Vireo 6, Philadelphia Vireo 2, and Blue-headed Vireo 3. With all of the activity we also a number of birds of prey including 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 1 American Kestrel and 1 Red-tailed Hawk. 

Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Courtesy of Fred Helleiner:  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 until after September 10 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.

Bruce Di Labio
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