Birding ReportIt seems unlikely that even intrepid birders
will have been at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in the past week, at least until
today, because of the weather conditions. The welcome change today has
revived interest in birding here, and has generated some interesting
Despite the cold temperatures, strong westerly winds have kept
much of Presqu’ile Bay open.
Although only a few REDHEADS have re-occupied
the bay, they were accompanied today by a male CANVASBACK and a male
RING-NECKED DUCK. Today there were also more WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS than there have been in recent weeks.
with the tradition of predicting what might appear in the coming week, I reflected
on a discussion that took place about a decade ago when, after extremely cold
weather, RED-NECKED GREBES began showing up in rivers and other open waters
throughout southern Ontario in February, when they are least expected.
One of the explanations offered at the time was that they had been frozen out
of some of the smaller lakes. Thus, my prediction of the week was going
to be that the species might show up at Presqu’ile because of the extreme cold
of the past week, but that plan was scuttled this afternoon when two RED-NECKED
GREBES appeared near the edge of the ice in Presqu’ile Bay. Can anyone
suggest an alternative prediction for the coming week?
The only two
raptors of the week were a RED-TAILED HAWK and a SNOWY OWL, the latter sitting
on one of the "ice volcanoes” that line the south shore of the peninsula.
A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is a daily visitor to
the feeders at 186 Bayshore Road, and two PILEATED WOODPECKERS were seen
today. A SONG SPARROW at 186 Bayshore Road seems to be surviving.
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. Visitors to Gull Island should exercise
The entire approach to the island may be covered
with glare ice, and footing is likely dangerous.
Birders are encouraged to record their
the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends
of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird
report for species not listed there.