Presqu'ile Bird Report 1-7 Oct 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Black Scoter, Red Knot
OVERVIEW: Waterfowl remain scattered in the marsh and lake but numbers of diving ducks are starting to build up in traditional roost areas like Popham Bay. The northern ducks like Long-tailed, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead and scoters should be appearing very soon. Shorebird diversity remains good but numbers are low and most birds seem to be staying on Sebastopol Is. There was an obvious decrease in many species of songbirds this week, especially warblers which, apart from Yellow-rumped Warbler, were in scarce supply.
October 9, 2021 - Doug Mcrae
Presqu’ile Bird Report for 24-30 Sep 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Red Knot, Carolina Wren
OVERVIEW: No unexpected rarities were discovered during the period but it was a solid week of migration birding with a good diversity of warblers still about. A major cold front that pushed in overnight on 27-28 Sep really brought a taste of fall with a general thinning of insect eating birds, a big push of sparrows and a substantial hawk flight that passed mostly north of the Park. The morning of the 28th also saw a steady steam of songbirds, especially phoebes, yellow-rumped warblers, pipits and juncos streaming off High Bluff Is. and
October 3, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report 17-23 Sep 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Red Knot, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Whip-poor-will
Please note that the annual waterfowl hunt at Presqu’ile starts this Saturday (25 Sep) and involves access restrictions to most of the best birding areas in the Park. See below for details.
It was another solid week of birding, although perhaps not quite as busy as the previous week. Waterfowl numbers are building, especially the diving duck flock (mostly Redhead and scaup) in Popham Bay which now numbers in the hundreds. Shorebirds are dividing time between the
September 24, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report 10-16 Sep 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Forster’s Tern, Yellow-throated Vireo
OVERVIEW: Migration is strong with lots of birds moving through. Waterfowl numbers are building with more puddle ducks and diving ducks, mostly around the islands and Popham Bay off the beach. Birds of prey, especially Sharp-shinned Hawk and Merlin, are being seen daily. Shorebird diversity has been pretty good although total numbers remain a fraction of the numbers that used to gather here several decades ago. Songbirds have been obvious all week with many parties tallying 15-20 species of warblers
September 20, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu’ile Bird Report for 27 Aug-2 Sep 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Red-necked Grebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Pipit.
OVERVIEW: Migration is in full swing and, depending on weather systems, large numbers of warblers and other migrants can be seen. A general theme seems to be that many species across different groups – waterfowl, songbirds - are arriving unusually early. The access restrictions (designed to protect colonial birds that nest there) to Gull and High Bluff end on Saturday, 11 Sep. Wading to Gull is usually easy, High Bluff is typically only accessible by boat. I will report next week on water
September 11, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report 13-26 Aug 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Whimbrel, Stilt Sandpiper, Sedge Wren
OVERVIEW: Despite oppressive tropical heat making fall seem like a far away concept, birds are right on cue with lots of migrants streaming through the park. The waterfowl flock around Gull Is. is both building in numbers and species diversity and is best viewed with a scope from Owen Pt. early, while the sun is behind you and the lake hasn’t become rough. Shorebirds have started to arrive in moderate numbers as well but unfortunately, the vast majority is foraging along the north shore of Gull Is. making viewing from Owen Pt.
August 29, 2021 - Doug McRae