[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 2, 2016.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 2 17:21:09 EDT 2016


While not yet at a complete halt, the spring bird migration at 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park has slowed right down.  With one or two 
exceptions, the birds seen in the past week are species that should be 
expected at the tail end of the migration.

Along the north shore of Gull Island there is usually a small gathering 
of summering ducks.  Those present this week have included GADWALLS, 
AMERICAN WIGEONS, and NORTHERN SHOVELERS.  A RUFFED GROUSE was observed 
doing a distraction display, accompanied by "shrieking".  There has been 
no significant change among herons and their allies since last week, 
which raises the question of whether LEAST BITTERNS have failed to 
return to the marsh.  The most obvious vestige of the spring migration 
has been the observation of eight species of transient shorebirds, in 
addition to the continuing presence of nesting PIPING PLOVERS and other 
summer residents.  Among them were up to 12 WHIMBRELS on May 27 (with 
another heard flying over on the next morning), and five species as 
recently as June 1, including a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 15 or more 
DUNLINS, and two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.  Three BONAPARTE'S GULLS were 
still present on May 31.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was calling yesterday.  A YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER on May 29 was the only one of that typically late-migrating 
species found this spring.  A COMMON RAVEN was near the lighthouse on 
May 28, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was at the calf pasture on the same 
day.  The most notable warbler was a PRAIRIE WARBLER on May 29 that sang 
three times before disappearing.  That another was in the same location 
in July of last year and one was not far away in late June 11 years ago 
raises speculation that the species may breed in the Park.  ORCHARD 
ORIOLES are known to have nested at Presqu'ile and are being seen again 
this year beyond their normal migration date.

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

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
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park




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