Monday, September 23, 2013

September 21,2013 Birding Presqu'ile P.P. in the rain.

Hi Everyone
Spent the good part of the day birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park in the rain. Overall the bird activity was limited except for shorebirds at Owen Point. Highlights included close-up views of 4 Dunlin, 3 White-rumped Sandpiper,1 Sanderling, 6 Least and  5 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 16 Semipalmated Plover and a Canada Warbler. There were few land birds except at Bill Gilmour's feeders. An amazing 10+ Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were feeding and chasing each other in the rain. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was observed at the peanut feeder. Our final stop was a return visit to Owen Point in the rain and the highlights were a wet looking Black-billed Cuckoo sitting in a willow tree,  a Baird's Sandpiper and a late Yellow Warbler. 

Good birding,

Directions: 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. 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. Only one birder, to my knowledge, has attempted the crossing in the past week. He has not repeated the attempt. 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.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird was present at Bill Gilmour's feeders in good numbers, 10+! 

During the continuous rain a Ruby-throated Hummingbird shakes off the rain droplets.. 

A Dunlin  feeds along the shoreline at Owen Point. Over the next months 100's will pass through our region. 

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