[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending May 12, 2016.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu May 12 18:35:09 EDT 2016

This has been an interesting week for birders at Presqu'ile Provincial 
Park.  Along with many of the birds that have just returned more or less 
on schedule, there have been several unexpected rarities, all of which 
have been overshadowed by the RUFF which has spent the past four days 
nearby but outside the Park and therefore excluded from further mention 

Within the next few days, flocks of BRANT are likely to be moving 
through Presqu'ile.  A RING-NECKED DUCK was still present on May 7, and 
(breeding) plumage was in Popham Bay this morning.  Two AMERICAN WHITE 
PELICANS, the first ever spring record for Presqu'ile, were seen by five 
observers as they flew over the lighthouse on May 8 and were 
photographed as they disappeared into the east.  Two GREAT EGRETS were 
on High Bluff Island today.  An adult BALD EAGLE was photographed at the 
calf pasture yesterday. On Sunday evening two PIPING PLOVERS, the second 
and third this month, were photographed and one has remained there each 
day since then.  The birds were banded but their provenance has not yet 
been established.  Other shorebirds are trickling in, the latest being a 
SANDERLING this morning.  BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been passing through, 
with 100 estimated on May 8.

Both male and female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS have returned.  A 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flew over the lighthouse this morning.  The first 
RED-EYED VIREO of the spring was spotted today.  A COMMON RAVEN was also 
seen this morning.  Along with the aforementioned pelicans and plovers, 
other rarities among passerines have been vying for attention.  They 
include TUFTED TITMOUSE sightings at three widely separated parts of the 
Park on different dates:  the first was photographed at Owen Point late 
on May 6;  another was moving to and fro between the feeders at 191 
Bayshore Road and 186 Bayshore Road on May 7 until late in the day; on 
the following morning one was found near the Park store.  It is 
impossible to know whether these birds were the same individual or not.  
Up to three BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were frequenting the lighthouse area 
from May 6 - 8.  A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, never common at Presqu'ile, was 
seen on May 9.  There have not yet been warblers "dripping from the 
trees" but several noteworthy sightings have pleased birders, especially 
a "BREWSTER'S WARBLER" that was photographed on May 7.  A BLACKPOLL 
WARBLER on May 12 and WILSON'S WARBLERS on May 8 and 12 were rather 
early.  SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING have both been seen at the 
lighthouse.  A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was heard on May 7.  PURPLE FINCHES on 
May 7 and 12 and a PINE SISKIN on May 8 were of some interest.

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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