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Presqu’ile Bird Report for 29 Nov – 5 Dec 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:   PURPLE SANDPIPER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE A storm on 1 December left 15 cm of snow and continued cold weather has frozen most still water, the immediate shoreline of the beach and islands, and the inner Bay.  Although coverage was not extensive, it seems like its pretty quiet out there. The freeze has concentrated most waterfowl to the outer part of Presqu’ile Bay; that said it seems that numbers are lower than normal for this time of year.  The diving duck flock at the ice-edge in Presqu’ile Bay contained 350 GREATER SCAUP, 1 LESSER SCAUP and 20 REDHEAD on 4
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Presqu’ile Bird Report for 22-28 Nov 2019  HIGHLIGHTS: SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER   The thaw made birding more pleasant but there didn’t seem to be much around outside of the usual suspects.  That said, the biggest SANDHILL CRANE fight on record was fun and PURPLE SANDPIPERS at weeks’ end brightened things up. Waterfowl were mostly limited to the common wintering species with nothing remotely unusual reported. A high count of 800 CANADA GEESE on 26 Nov was notable.  A NORTHERN HARRIER was reported on 23 Nov.  SANDHILL CRANES were the big story with a significant flight going over the area mid day on 28
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