Whereas in a normal year early spring migrants would be arriving at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in good numbers by this late in March, this has not happened since late February. Instead there has been a trickle of new arrivals. The good news is that there are still thousands of ducks in Presqu'ile Bay that will likely provide visitors to this weekend's Waterfowl Viewing Festival with an opportunity to see what they came for and perhaps something unexpected, like the Harlequin Duck that appeared during the festival two years ago.
Two WOOD DUCKS were seen along Bayshore Road
March 23, 2017 - Fred Helleiner
The return of winter conditions to Presqu'ile Provincial Park has limited the amount of day-to-day change in bird life as well as the amount of birder activity. On the bright side, the return of ice cover to much of Presqu'ile Bay bodes well for the annual Waterfowl Viewing Weekend scheduled for March 25-26, as ducks have so far shown no sign of thinning out as seemed likely only a week or two ago.
No dabbling ducks were reported in the Park once the marsh froze over, but two WOOD DUCKS were able to find a patch of open water just outside the Park on Monday and one was still there
March 16, 2017 - Fred Helleiner