An OSPREY was at the calf pasture, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was in the lighthouse area. On June 22, four non-resident shorebirds were on the beach: two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a DUNLIN. Before long, one can expect a LEAST SANDPIPER or a LESSER YELLOWLEGS to appear there. A BONAPARTE'S GULL was also there on two of the last four days.
Surprisingly, two BLUE JAYS flew over the lighthouse as if in migration on June 24 and another on June 25, both in the early morning when such movements normally occur in season. A WOOD THRUSH has been singing regularly behind 85 Bayshore Road. ORCHARD ORIOLES exhibiting various plumages remain active and vocal in the general area of the lighthouse, and frequently in the spruce tree at 186 Bayshore Road. A PURPLE FINCH, not the first in recent weeks, was singing persistently in the High Bluff campground on June 22.
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