Presqu'ile Bird Report for 7-13 Jan 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Glaucous Gull, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird
OVERVIEW: The cold weather has frozen most of Presqu’ile Bay but waterfowl can be seen in numbers near the ice-edge and offshore from the picnic areas and around the islands, with Long-tailed Duck being the most abundant species. Away from feeders land birds seem pretty scarce.
Trumpeter Swan: One was reported on 8 Jan and two were seen on 13 Jan. These are likely birds that are primarily based in the Barcovan channel (just east
January 16, 2022 - Doug McRae
Presqu’ile Bird Report for 31 Dec 2021 – 6 Jan 2022
HIGHLIGHTS: King Eider, Surf Scoter, Winter Wren
OVERVIEW: The first shoreline freeze happened this week and will undoubtedly influence where waterbirds will be found looking ahead. There is still a pretty good selection of waterfowl around but landbirds seem generally scarce.
Trumpeter Swan: Four were seen off the causeway on 1 Jan and five the next day at Gull Is. (RDM)
Canvasback: Two were seen in Presqu’ile Bay on 1 Jan.
Redhead: Numbers fluctuated greatly through the week but peaked at 1750 on 1 Jan.
January 7, 2022 - Doug McRae
Presqu’ile Christmas Bird Count and Weekly Bird Report for 24 – 30 Dec 2021
Presqu’ile Christmas Bird Count Summary
The Presqu’ile CBC was held on Sun., 19 Dec, a day after the first snow fall. Twenty-seven observers covered the nine subregions locating 75 species. An additional nine species were seen during the count week (CW).
No new species were found but several notable birds were located including Wood Duck (2), Northern Pintail (6), Northern Shoveler (CW), American Coot (2), Purple Sandpiper (CW), Double-crested Cormorant (CW), Peregrine Falcon, American Pipit, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Hermit Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow,
January 3, 2022 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report for 26 Nov - 2 Dec 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon
OVERVIEW: There is almost no coverage at Presqu’ile right now so there isn’t much to report. That said, a very rare Gyrfalcon flew over the gate which automatically makes it a pretty good week! Waterfowl are moving in and out of the Bay and Islands based on ice and hunting activity. A significant flight of Sandhill Cranes passed to the north of the Park through the week but nine were seen within the Park. Songbirds are pretty scarce away from bird feeders. We will have a better sense of what is going on once the Christmas Bird
December 7, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report 19-25 Nov 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Tundra Swan, Surf and Black Scoter, Snowy Owl, Gray Catbird, White-crowned Sparrow
OVERVIEW: We are still suffering from a lack of coverage but it seems that things are pretty quiet out there. The woods in particular seem very quiet, suggesting a lot of birds have left for the winter. Shorebirds have thinned out too, but the wintering waterfowl have picked up considerably. For the second week in a row no warblers were reported.
Tundra Swan: Four were reported on 21 and 24 Nov.
Surf Scoter: Two were seen on 21 Nov.
November 26, 2021 - Doug McRae
Presqu'ile Bird Report 12-18 Nov 2021
HIGHLIGHTS: Cattle Egret, Razorbill
OVERVIEW: The big news this week was the discovery of Razorbills - a new Park bird on 13 Nov. Otherwise coverage has been poor for the past few weeks so the report is thin.
White-winged Scoter: Present through the week with a high count of 37 off the Lighthouse on 16 Nov.
Double-crested Cormorant: A few persist, mostly near the Salt Pt. lighthouse.
Cattle Egret: Although not in the Park, an adult stopped briefly at the Brighton Sewage Lagoon (no access inside but birds are visible from gate area) on 12 Nov.
November 20, 2021 - Doug McRae