Although there has been little change in the summery weather at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in the past week, there has been a small amount of movement in the bird life. The prospects for the next few days appear more promising.
Common Loons can occasionally be found near the lighthouse. Great Egrets are seen almost every day flying to and from High Bluff Island.
The mass migration of shorebirds has not yet arrived. The only new species is a Black-bellied Plover that has been present since July 31. A Ruddy Turnstone was at Owen Point on August 3. A few Bonaparte's Gulls are also there, usually among the nearly 200 Caspian Terns. A Black Tern was flying past near the lighthouse on August 2.
A Rock Pigeon at the calf pasture was unusual. The only apparently migrant warblers at the lighthouse recently were a Nashville Warbler and an American Redstart. Both Orchard and Baltimore Orioles have been near the lighthouse, as well as at least one Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there.
Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be directed to: FHELLEINER@TRENTU.CA.