The unusual extent of open water in Presqu'ile Bay has provided opportunities for observing waterfowl that are normally anticipated as February progresses. Land birds remain concentrated around bird feeders.
CANADA GEESE have begun feeding on lawns and on Gull Island, which is devoid of snow. Four TRUMPETER SWANS and three TUNDRA SWANS were present on January 13, and two of the former were seen yesterday. With the exception of a single MALLARD, dabbling ducks have not yet shown up in Presqu'ile Bay. GADWALLS are often among the first to do so and might appear before the end of
January 20, 2017 - Fred Helleiner
Highly variable weather conditions at Presqu'ile Provincial Park have given rise to highly variable success rates for visiting birders. On good days, many species, including some that are uncommon, can be found.
MUTE SWANS now number well over 400, approaching the numbers that were present in late December. A TRUMPETER SWAN and two TUNDRA SWANS have been among them as recently as yesterday. A male CANVASBACK was seen on January 7. REDHEADS come and go more than any other species, reaching a high of about 350 on January 6 and almost disappearing on other days. There have been sightings
January 12, 2017 - Fred Helleiner