At this time of year, birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park is fairly static, but birders are aware that the first trickle of autumn migration will appear any day now.
Of the two Long-tailed Ducks that were present a week ago, only one remained on June 27, and none since then. For the second consecutive year, Common Loons have fledged two young in Presqu'ile Bay. Four freshly hatched Pied-billed Grebes were in the marsh on June 29. Great Egrets are not common in most parts of eastern Ontario, but are a bird that is almost guaranteed to be found at Presqu'ile in summer. A Great Black-backed Gull was on the beach on June 29.
A Wood Thrush west of Jobes' woods was the first of that species noted in almost a month, the others that are known to be present having gone silent. Two Orchard Orioles that stopped briefly at a feeder on June 28 are probably only a fraction of the number that are in the Park.
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.