Canadian culture dictates that the end of July marks the mid-point of summer, but at Presqu'ile Provincial Park that point passed a few weeks ago in terms of bird activity. Most birds have dispersed from their summer territories and are wandering to other parts of the Park. Others are newly arriving from points outside the Park.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were found in three different parts of Presqu'ile this week. Six species of flycatchers in the Park this week included both WILLOW FLYCATCHER and LEAST FLYCATCHER. Within the next few weeks we can expect OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS to make a brief appearance. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen on July 28. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, perhaps an early migrant, was at Owen Point on July 27.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been appearing regularly at the feeders at 83 Bayshore Road, as have ORCHARD ORIOLES.
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