[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 9, 2016.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 9 16:53:02 EDT 2016

With a few exceptions, birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park has settled 
in to the summer doldrums, which means that there are many species of 
birds to be found but which ones are in the Park can usually be 
predicted with close to certainty.

A TRUMPETER SWAN was reported on June 3.  Other waterfowl seen in the 
past week included an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, a 
MERGANSERS.  A LEAST BITTERN was in the marsh this morning.  From the 
beach, with the help of a scope, one can observe up to eight GREAT 
EGRETS on High Bluff Island.  A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON flew past the 
lighthouse on June 4. A VIRGINIA RAIL was reported on June 3.  Two 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS spent two days on the beach.  The nesting PIPING 
PLOVERS are now incubating four eggs.  Some late migrating sandpipers 
seen in the past week were RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and over 30 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.  In the past there have been three mid-June 
(8th - 23rd) records of AMERICAN AVOCET in the Park.  A repeat 
performance can not be ruled out.  There were still two BONAPARTE'S 
GULLS present on June 3.

There has been only one sighting of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the past 
week though the species is certainly present.  As this report was being 
written, a MERLIN flew past.  The tail end of the BLUE JAY migration 
took place on June 4, when ten birds flew over the lighthouse.  Three 
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen on Monday. A report of a HERMIT THRUSH 
on June 3 is puzzling, as this species is rarely seen at Presqu'ile 
after mid-May.  The only warblers that were likely still just passing 
on June 6, and even that one could well be a summer resident.  The HOUSE 
SPARROW population has quadrupled this week, with eight birds, 
presumably a family group, visiting the feeders daily at 186 Bayshore Road.

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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