[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending February 16, 2017.

Fred Helleiner 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.

Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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