At least one birder finding over 100 species of birds in a single day demonstrates what a good week this has been for birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Inevitably, several species that some would consider to be rarities were in the Park in the past week.
A small group of BRANT were on Sebastopol Island on May 20. Two different observers found a TRUMPETER SWAN in the marsh. A pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS has been frequenting the shores of Popham Bay, most recently today. A few REDHEADS have also been there. A surprisingly late male COMMON GOLDENEYE was there yesterday and a
May 27, 2016 - Fred Helleiner
The upcoming weekend is the annual Warblers and Whimbrels weekend at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Recent rare sightings are auspicious (derived from the Latin auspex = birdwatcher), and the fact that the weekend comes a few days later than in recent years makes it more likely that WHIMBRELS will actually put in an appearance.
The first flock of BRANT, about 60 birds, flew past on Friday, with others expected imminently. There was a third-hand report of five SURF SCOTERS at Owen Point on May 18. A WILD TURKEY was in the Park on May 17. Three RED-THROATED LOONS in alternate (breeding)
May 19, 2016 - Fred Helleiner