It was another week of light coverage with pretty much the usual suspects noted. The ice in Presqu’ile Bay has opened substantially and the ice-edge – where most of the duck action is – is now west of the Calf Pasture viewing station and part of the marsh is starting to open.
TUNDRA SWAN – Our first spring migrants were noted on 11 Mar when two and three were seen.
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK– The first of spring were two on 12 Mar.
GREEN-WINGED TEAL – A single on 11 Mar was the first of year.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – Small numbers are being seen near Salt Pt. with a high of 16 on 8 Mar.
NORTHERN HARRIER – One was seen on 8 Mar plus several later in the week.
BALD EAGLE – Several birds seen through the week.
SNOWY OWL – The only report this week was from the south end of the beach where one was seen on 8 Mar.
ROCK PIGEON – One flew past the gate on 8 Mar, which is actually quite uncommon in the Park.
AMERICAN KESTEREL – The first migrant was seen on 8 Mar.
HORNED LARK – One was heard flying over on 9 Mar.
EASTERN BLUEBIRD – A migrant flew over the gate on 8 Mar.
BROWN THRASHER – In the “where did that come from?” department, a thrasher was photographed at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders on 6 Mar. It may be the same bird that was seen near the Beach 1 road in early January, perhaps wintering at a nearby feeder unnoticed?
PURPLE FINCH – The first report in ages was of two birds at a Bayshore Rd. feeder on 12 Mar.