Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 23, 2011 Birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Hi Everyone

Spent the day birding various areas within Presqu'ile Provincial Park. It was a good day with a nice breeze off the lake to keep the temperature down. Overall, the shorebird watching was quiet but at Beach #3 we observed a few adult shorebirds including 2 Baird's Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. The first juvenile shorebirds should be on their way south soon! The visibility on Popham Bay was excellent and 14 White-winged Scoter, 3 Greater Scaup and 6 Redhead along with 2 adult Bonaparte's Gull were observed. The bird activity on both Gull and High Bluff Islands was overwhelming with 1000's of Ring-billed Gulls and Double-crested Cormorants and 35+ Great Egret, 8 Black-crowned Night-Heron and 60+ Caspian Tern. At Owen Point there was a small movement of 20+ Yellow Warbler and 2 Northern Waterthrush and a Willow Flycatcher calling. The Marsh Boardwalk produced 2 juv. American Bittern along with 200+ Bank Swallows resting on the cattails. Summering Mute Swans numbers were impressive with 212 birds.

Good birding, Bruce

(Courtesy Fred Helleiner) To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is available at the Park gate. Access to the offshore islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there. 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.

Distant view of High Bluff Island with nesting Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets.

Owen Point Trail map.

Adult Baird's Sandpiper along Beach #3.

Sebastopol Point off Gull Island has nesting Black-crowned Night-Herons.

Caspian Terns and juvenile Herring Gulls resting/bathing at Owen Point.

The Marsh Boardwalk Trail is a great area for early morning or late evening birding. Watch for Least Bitterns, Great Egrets, Virginia Rails and Marsh Wrens.

An adult molting Sanderling feeding along Beach #3.

There is no access to Gull and High Bluff Island during the breeding season, March 10-September 10, but you can view from Owen Point.

Molting adult Sanderling

Adult Baird's Sandpiper

A Family of Mute Swans off Owen Point.

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