[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 16, 2017.
fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Feb 16 15:58:49 EST 2017
Most of the birds seen at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in the past week
have been the same species that have appeared off and on throughout the
winter. That may change with the promise of a warm weekend ahead and
the possible arrival of some early migrants. Even a GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in February would not be unprecedented at Presqu'ile.
Two AMERICAN WIGEONS and an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK off the government dock
yesterday are birds that were somewhat unexpected there. On the other
hand, CANVASBACKS are now there every day. A flock of about 25
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS that flew past Salt Point on Tuesday was by far the
largest number seen this year, a group of five having been there through
most of the winter. The 20 COMMON MERGANSERS off the government dock
yesterday were also more than the occasional one or two that have been
seen over the past few weeks. On Saturday, both ICELAND GULL and
GLAUCOUS GULL were among the other gulls on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay.
One or two BALD EAGLES can be seen on most days around Presqu'ile Bay.
The only other raptors in the past week were a COOPER'S HAWK and a
BARRED OWL. One observer saw two PILEATED WOODPECKERS at the campground
office. The COMMON RAVEN with a broken wing has so far eluded the many
red foxes along Bayshore Road and was seen again this afternoon in front
of #80. HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS (100 or more) were on Gull
Island on Tuesday. Two PINE SISKINS were at 83 Bayshore Road on Saturday.
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