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Presqu’ile Bird Report for 14-20 Feb 2020

There were almost no reports received this week so there is very little to say other than the “usual suspects” are about and a few migrants arrived.

BALD EAGLE – several birds were frequenting the bay through the week.

RING-NECKED DUCK – a report came through ebird of 14 birds with other diving ducks on 15 Feb.  While movements this large and early have been reported in other years, its usually in association with an obvious warm front.

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – numbers increased this week with a high of 18 on 16 Feb.

SNOWY OWL – sightings have become less frequent in the past few weeks but one was seen at the picnic area on 14 Feb.

NORTHERN FLICKER – one was seen (again) just NW of the Park on Huff Rd just north of the railway tracks on 17 Feb.

HORNED LARK – A single bird at the Calf Pasture on 20 Feb is officially a spring migrant.  Hope is on the way.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD – Up to four birds were seen throughout the week just outside the Park frequenting the large swampy area just north of the railway tracks on the east side of Huff Rd.

Directions: Presqu’ile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton.  It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed.  A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate.  Presqu’ile’s two offshore islands – Gull and High Bluff – support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).