Although November is typically a slow month for birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, this year it has started with a bang,
including a number of unexpected finds. The Ontario Field Ornithologists outing that visits Presqu'ile on the second Sunday of November might turn up even more, perhaps including the first SNOWY OWLS of the season, as was the case last year.
For the past three days, a SNOW GOOSE (white phase) has been consorting with CANADA GEESE on the beach and in the woodpile
marsh. Singles of TRUMPETER SWAN and TUNDRA SWAN were sighted. For the past three days, GADWALLS have been with the other dabbling ducks in the marsh. A LESSER SCAUP was one of very few identified this fall at Presqu'ile. Up to six SURF SCOTERS have been in Popham Bay and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are present every day in various places. RED-THROATED LOONS were in Popham Bay on November 4 and 5. A RED-NECKED GREBE was near the lighthouse on November 1. A BALD EAGLE soared over the
Park on November 3. Both COOPER'S HAWK and NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen this week, and today four raptor species on High Bluff Island included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Among the six shorebird species present in the past few days were two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and one each of WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and PURPLE SANDPIPER, the latter putting in only a brief appearance at Owen Point on Tuesday. In addition to those six, AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were found on November 3, 6, and 7. A BARRED OWL was flushed on November 5.
Single RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have been regular visitors to the feeders at 83 and 186 Bayshore Road. A late NORTHERN
FLICKER was found on November 4. The first NORTHERN SHRIKE of the season was at the calf pasture on Sunday. Unquestionably, the highlight of the week was a very late, rare WHITE-EYED VIREO that was discovered on the record late date of November 3, and that, typical of the species, eluded several birders who attempted to re-locate it. Five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and four HERMIT THRUSHES were also present on that date. 25 AMERICAN PIPITS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were on the beach on the following day. SNOW BUNTINGS have been seen from time to time, including 20-30 on Gull Island today. There was a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at 83 Bayshore Road yesterday and an EASTERN TOWHEE there on Sunday. Other sparrows this week were AMERICAN TREE, SONG, SWAMP, WHITE-THROATED, and WHITE-CROWNED, as well as numerous DARK-EYED JUNCOES. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS have been at 83 Bayshore Road. A PURPLE FINCH on November 3 was the only one at Presqu'ile for several weeks.