The general impression is that the spring bird migration at Presqu'ile Provincial Park has ended. Nevertheless, there have been a few days in the past week when migration was still evident, either in the form of birds that breed farther north (especially shorebirds) or in the form of birds actually observed migrating over the lighthouse.
Eight Wood Ducks were observed in the marsh on June 12. Both Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup have been seen this week, as well as two Long-tailed Ducks. Up to six Common Loons have been seen on a single day, most of them likely non-breeders. Great Egrets are a daily sight, and a Green Heron flew over the calf pasture on June 6. Although most of the migrant shorebirds have departed, on June 11 there were still two Semipalmated Plovers, two Ruddy Turnstones, six Semipalmated Sandpipers (three of which were still present the next morning), and five Dunlins.
Black-billed Cuckoos have been seen/heard in at least three different parts of the Park. A rather late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was at the calf pasture on June 6. On June 9 and 10, Blue Jays were migrating over the lighthouse, 8 and 14 birds, respectively. Cedar Waxwings were also migrating there this week. The only obviously migrant warblers seen in the past week were a Magnolia Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler, both on June 6. A Vesper Sparrow at the calf pasture may represent a breeding bird, though that species has not been known to breed there (or anywhere else in the Park) in recent years. Bobolinks and Orchard Orioles are present there on most days, and the latter also in other locations.
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.