[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending July 16, 2015.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jul 16 17:35:32 EDT 2015

Partly because few birders have been active in Presqu'ile Provincial 
Park in the past week, there are no new bird sightings to report since 
last Thursday.  That said, the  breeding species for which the Park is 
noted continue to be found, and the variety remains one of the features 
of mid-summer birding at Presqu'ile.

Only four duck species have been noted in the past week: WOOD DUCK, 
nests on High Bluff Island, as do OSPREYS on the lighthouse off Salt 
Point.  The BONAPARTE'S GULL that was on the beach on July 8 was there 
again on July 10, and another was in Presqu'ile Bay this afternoon.  
Although CASPIAN TERNS continue as a regular breeding bird on Gull 
Island, there is some concern that their numbers are down from recent years.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was again found near the Owen Point trail parking 
lot.  While no one has reported any owls recently, campers are in a good 
position to hear BARRED OWLS, which are year-round residents in the 
Park.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have been visiting the feeders at 83 
Bayshore Road.  A MERLIN flew past a week ago. Again this week, a 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was heard near the lighthouse.  Five WOOD THRUSHES 
on one day could have been a family group.  While warblers are difficult 
to see at this time of year, the five species seen or heard this week 
represent only some of the regular breeders at Presqu'ile.  The feeders 
at 83 Bayshore Road continue to be productive, with as many as three 
ORCHARD ORIOLES and two PURPLE FINCHES appearing on a single day.  The 
most recent PINE SISKIN sighting was on July 10.

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 
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
K0K 1H0
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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