Friday, September 20, 2013

September 10 & 11, 2013 Presqu'ile birding

The birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park continues to be interesting with small numbers of shorebirds feeding at Owen point and land bird migration at the Lighthouse area. The water level along Lake Ontario continues to be high and good habitat for migrating shorebirds is limited. On September 10 and 11 a total of 6 species were observed at Owen Point including 5 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 8 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and both Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper. The land bird migration was good with 14 species of warblers, including Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Bay-breasted, and Northern Parula. 
Good birding,

Directions: 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. Visitors to Gull Island not using a boat should be prepared to wade through knee-deep water (not allowing for waves) in which there is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and slippery.
Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
camp-ground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

A Semipalmated Plover searches for food.  

A juvenile Baird's Sandpiper feeds along the shoreline at Owen Point.

A juvenile Sanderling was among the small number of shorebirds feeding at Owen Point. 

The juvenile Least sandpiper is easy to recognize by its rusty feather edgings, yellow-green legs, and slight droop at end of bill.

Two Nashville Warblers and a Black-capped Chickadee enjoy a brief visit to a local bird bath. 

A Northern Cardinal was next in line for bathing.. 

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a regular visitor to back yard feeders during the fall. 

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird takes advantage of the flowering plants. 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

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