Sunday, May 24, 2009

Birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park: May 24, 2009

The shorebird watching was excellent this morning along Beach 1-3 and Owen Point.

The highlight was a breeding plumaged Purple Sandpiper at Owen Point first spotted by Bill Gilmour. It was on the gravel point with Dunlin between 9:15 a.m and 9:50 a.m.

Other species noted included 8000+ Dunlin, 60+ Whimbrel, 6 Red Knot, 30+ Black-bellied Plover, 14 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper and small numbers of Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Sanderling and Semipalmated Plover.

Thousands of Dunlins were on the move north to their breeding grounds.

Dunlin were the most common shorebird today at Presqu'ile.

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker was another highlight for the group.

The breeding season is now well underway: American Robin.

Most birds were on the move north but some large flocks were resting on the gravel bar, Gull Island and along the beach. Other migrants included 1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush, and 40+ Blackpoll Warbler.

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. Access to the offshore islands is restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there.

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