[Ontbirds] Presqu'ile - The Crossing to Gull Island and Shorebirds

Bree, David (MNRF) david.bree at ontario.ca
Tue Sep 11 11:07:16 EDT 2018

Hi All

This is the first day Gull Is. is open to the public and I went over this AM to check out the crossing and the birds.

Today waves were coming in from the south (Lake) side about 1 foot in height
Popham Bay was quite calm

Crossing: (apologise for mixing metric and Imperial units but I am of an of an age where this makes sense)
There is a large gravel island between Owen Pt and Gull Is. so the water crossing can be done in two shorter water walks.

*         175 meters of water, mostly 1 foot or less deep, though a section near the gravel island is 2 feet deep.  In this deeper section the waves added that extra foot a few times but footing was good

*         150 meter of gravel island

*         90 meters of water, again from 1 to 2 feet deep

So generally a pretty shallow crossing but as always beware of increasing waves and the seiche/storm surges can raise water an extra foot or two over a remarkably short time period.  If you go over in shorts you may find the Stable Flies annoying.

Rather sparse today.  A few Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers, fewer than 20 of each, though they moved a lot to get a good count.  A dozen Sanderlings were flying around and there were 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and 1 Turnstone.  The pond that is sometimes on Gull Is. was dry even after yesterday's good rain.

The calm water of Popham Bay allowed distant scope looks of 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Horned Grebes, 2 Common Loons, 7 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall.  Still a number of Gulls (1 Black-backed), cormorants, Mute Swans, and Mallards around.

As always at this time of year birds are always coming and going here.

The duck hunt starts Sept 22 after which access to Gull Is. Will be restricted on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.


David Bree | Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway, Brighton, Ontario, K0K 1H0
P: 613 475-4324 ext. 225  W: OntarioParks.com
David.bree at ontario.ca

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