Birding ReportBirding has
been picking up at Presqu’ile Provincial Park this week, as the bay fills up
with waterfowl, including two species that were unexpected.
TRUMPETER SWAN has been in Presqu’ile Bay fairly consistently. One or two CANVASBACKS have also been there
since Sunday, generally among the hundreds of REDHEADS. A LESSER SCAUP was there on Sunday. Well over a dozen WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS can be
seen near Salt Point on most days. A
male BLACK SCOTER, rare in winter at Presqu’ile, was seen from the government
dock yesterday. Equally rare was a RUDDY
DUCK in the same area on January 10 and 12.
Both of those birds are likely still there but difficult to pick out
from among the other waterfowl, especially when they are under water! Single BALD EAGLES were seen on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday. Just outside the
Park near the south end of Ontario Street in Brighton, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
was seen three times in the past week. A
GLAUCOUS GULL was off the government dock on Sunday. A GREAT HORNED OWL was calling in ``the
fingers`` on Tuesday evening. SNOWY OWLS
have been on the ice of Presquìle Bay on most days. On Friday there were two, and a third
individual was flying overhead.
WOODPECKERS are reliable at 83 and 186 Bayshore Road. On Friday, two observers saw two PILEATED
WOODPECKERS and a probable third one. A
COMMON RAVEN in ``the fingers`` was flying around and calling. There are still AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR
WAXWINGS at the calf pasture, including a count of 100 of the latter. The wintering SONG SPARROW at 186 Bayshore
Road and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and COMMON GRACKLE at and near to 83
Bayshore Road are being seen regularly.
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 extreme caution. The entire
approach to the island is covered with glare ice, and footing is dangerous.Birders are
encouraged to record their observations on 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.
and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be directed to: