After a swarm of birders (a new collective noun) descended on Presqu'ile
Provincial Park on Sunday, with satisfying results, there has been
relatively little birding taking place since then.
At Gull Tombolo on Sunday, observers could see three swan species at
once: MUTE SWAN, 2 TRUMPETER SWANS, 6 TUNDRA SWANS. The mild weather
has allowed several species of ducks to remain in the marsh and nearby,
including AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
Other ducks of interest this week have been numerous WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS and up to six HOODED MERGANSERS. Ten WILD TURKEYS have again
appeared in the open area around the calf pasture. Four HORNED GREBES
were seen on Tuesday. AMERICAN COOTS can usually be seen opposite 36
Bayshore Road. A DUNLIN was the only shorebird seen on Tuesday, but
three PURPLE SANDPIPERS delighted many birders on Sunday. There were
two GLAUCOUS GULL sightings in the past week, as well as singles of
RED-THROATED LOON and COMMON LOON.
An eagle seen on Sunday was too distant to be identified as to species.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are now regular on High Bluff Island. A SNOWY OWL
was on Sebastopol Island on Sunday and Tuesday. A PEREGRINE FALCON was
also seen. A late BELTED KINGFISHER was again seen at Salt Point. A
PINE SISKIN was at 186 Bayshore Road on Tuesday. It is not clear
whether the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS visiting feeders at 83 and 186
Bayshore Road are the same bird or two different individuals. A SONG
SPARROW seen on Sunday was the first in a few weeks. Both
WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS have been coming to feeders.
There may be other sparrows lingering in the Park that will perhaps
gravitate to the several feeders once there is a significant snowfall.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull Island (now a
tombolo) are now able
to walk there without special footwear, but under certain conditions
such as high winds
there may be a few metres of water a few centimetres deep to cross. It
be noted that, because duck hunting is given
priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Owen Point,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. Birders are encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.
Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: fhellei...@trentu.ca <mailto:fhellei...@trentu.ca>.
186 Bayshore Road
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