A massive influx of passerine migrants, perhaps the largest of the year, showed up at Presqu'ile Provincial Park yesterday and continues today.
The number and variety of ducks remain essentially unchanged from last week. Among them were 55 AMERICAN WIGEONS on October 8 and both SURF SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on October 7. RUFFED GROUSE are showing up more frequently, including two today. Several dozen shorebirds of five species remain, mostly at Owen Point and the islands. One of them, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER that was banded on the shore of James Bay on September 7,
October 12, 2017 - Fred Helleiner
A few interesting birds have shown up in Presqu'ile Provincial Park in the past week, but the overall pattern of observations has been close to normal for the time of year.
Distant sightings of white-phased SNOW GEESE, one among Canada Geese and six others together, required sharp eyes. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were on Sebastopol Island on October 3, in addition to the swan whose identity has been the subject of debate for weeks, which was still present today. Numbers and variety of both dabbling ducks and diving ducks have been increasing. They include a NORTHERN SHOVELER in the marsh,
October 5, 2017 - Fred Helleiner