[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 1, 2015.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Oct 1 20:38:34 EDT 2015


After a lacklustre week of birding amid beautiful summery weather at 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, a cold front arrived on Tuesday night and 
brought with it masses of passerine birds.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was in Popham Bay on Friday.  There were two 
sightings of a GREAT EGRET along the causeway leading into the Park.  
BALD EAGLES were seen on three different days, two of which were 
adults.  Among shorebirds, DUNLINS have superseded SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS 
and SANDERLINGS as the most numerous species.  A SPOTTED SANDPIPER on 
Gull Island this morning was rather late.  A single GREATER YELLOWLEGS 
put in a brief but noisy appearance yesterday. The long-staying WHIMBREL 
was on Gull Island today.  Three COMMON TERNS flew past Owen Point 
today.  October should bring in new species of raptors, including 
perhaps ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, GOLDEN EAGLES, SHORT-EARED OWLS, and 
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, all of which are seen most years in the Park, 
though never in numbers.

Late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen this week on September 27, 28, 
and 30.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have appeared in widely separated parts 
of the Park, including visits to at least three feeders (83, 186, and 
191 Bayshore Road).  Both MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in the 
past week.  An EASTERN KINGBIRD on September 26 was extremely late.  The 
most recent PHILADELPHIA VIREO sighting was on September 25.  A COMMON 
RAVEN was seen at three different locations on Friday.  In the wave of 
new migrants yesterday there were GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED 
KINGLETS, a plethora of thrushes (GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S, HERMIT, and 
WOOD) and far more fast-moving warblers than any observer could put a 
name to. ORANGE-CROWNED and CAPE MAY WARBLERS and plenty of NORTHERN 
PARULAS and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS were among them, but the 
majority, as expected this late in the season, were YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERS.  A record late CANADA WARBLER was present on September 25.  An 
EASTERN TOWHEE and increasing numbers of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and 
DARK-EYED JUNCOES have also appeared.  SCARLET TANAGERS have been seen 
as recently as yesterday.

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 that is knee-deep,
not taking into account any wave action,.in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. It should also be noted that, because duck hunting is given
priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Owen Point, 
Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. 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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