Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 23, 2013 Presqu'ile Provincial Park Birding

The birding today at Presqu'ile was very good with a nice selection of diving ducks mainly in Presqu'ile Bay. There was a large number of Redheads, 3000+ and numerous other species of waterfowl including Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and no shortage of Mute Swans. Off Owen Point, Gull Island was full of Ring-billed Gulls along with lots of puddle ducks around the island. A lone Killdeer was along the shoreline at the point and a female Northern Harrier.  A few small flocks of White-winged Scoter were observed off the Lighthouse and Salt Point. The puddle duck numbers were low with a small number of American Wigeon, Gadwall, and a Northern Pintail. An Iceland Gull along with 2 immature Great Black-backed Gulls were noted off the Township Park. On our drive down 2 Barred Owls were sighted along Hwy. 416 near Kemptville and 3 Northern Shrikes were seen, I near Kingston and 2 along Hwy. 37 south of Tweed.

A Red Fox  was seen at Calf Pasture.

A total of 3 Northern Shrike were found doing our drive from and to Ottawa.

There were 100's of Long-tailed Ducks on Lake Ontario.  

Striped Skunk 

There were  a few 1000  Redheads in Presqu'ile Bay.

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