A few uncommon birds have been among the many species that have made Presqu'ile Provincial Park an interesting birding destination in the past week.
The maximum fall count of BRANT (400 birds) was on this date in 1985. Again this week, three species of swans have appeared in the Park: MUTE SWANS, TRUMPETER SWANS, and TUNDRA SWANS. As wintering ducks begin to return, the variety of ducks (21 species) keeps growing. Some of the highlights include up to 23 WOOD DUCKS, up to 35 GADWALLS, reports of ten BLUE-WINGED TEAL and six NORTHERN SHOVELERS, two NORTHERN PINTAILS, well over 100
October 20, 2016 - Fred Helleiner
Once the log jam of birds waiting in points further north through much of last week finally broke on Sunday, Presqu'ile Provincial Park was suddenly inundated with hundreds of southbound migrants that had been held up by summer-like weather and southerly winds.
In addition to the long-staying TRUMPETER SWANS around Sebastopol Island, four TUNDRA SWANS were nearby on Tuesday. A good variety of ducks is present to the west of the camp office lookout over the marsh. On most days, there are WOOD DUCKS, GADWALLS, AMERICAN WIGEONS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, and MALLARDS, but the majority are
October 13, 2016 - Fred Helleiner