Sunday, August 30, 2009

Birding Presqu'ile P.P. August 29/30, 2009

The birding at Presqu'ile Provincial Park was good over the weekend. We managed to avoid the rain and had a nice variety of shorebirds at Owen Point. The banded Sanderling was still present (first reported on August 23rd)) and there were 3 Baird's Sandpiper feeding along with Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. The Caspian Tern numbers were down since my previous visit earlier last week and Double-crested Cormorants were still in large numbers on High Bluff and Gull Island. There was also a migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds off Owen Point with 20+ hummers observed over an hour period, flying off over Lake ontario. Other birds of note included 4 Great Egret, 14 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 American Bittern, and 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Banded adult Sanderling near Owen Point.

Originally banded on May 31, 2008 at Osprey Point, Delaware.

Baird's Sandpiper feeding along shoreline.

Early morning concentration of Double-crested cormorants at Owen Point. We counted 500+ in this tightly packed group.

Two juvenile plumaged Semipalmated Plover.

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