Friday, August 24, 2012

August 23, 2012 Birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

Hi Ontbirders,

Bruce DiLabio and I spent a few hours on Owen Pt. and the natural
beach. Some shorebird and waterfowl highlights included:

15 juv. Baird's S/p
2 juv. Sanderling
150+ Semi Sandpiper (all juv)
10 Least Sandpiper (all juv)
6 juv Semi Plover
2 juv L Yellowlegs
1 juv Spotted S/p
10 Killdeer
1 female Bufflehead
1 female Com. Goldeneye
28 Redhead
2 Lesser Scaup
1 Greater Scaup
1 Merlin
some warblers at the Park Store Parking lot included 1 Phil. Vireo, 1
ad male Bay-breasted Warbler in heavy moult (no tail), Magnolia, Black-
and-white, BT Green, Blackburnian, Yellow-rumped
Doug McRae

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. Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.
Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be directed to:


Two juvenile Baird's Sandpiper with a juv. Semipalmated Sandpiper in the middle.

A juv. Baird's Sandpiper feeds along the shoreline off one of the lookouts along Owen Point Trail.

The Owen Point viewing area can be great for sorebird watching. Please remember to stay within the ropped off area. There is no access to Gull Island or the gravel point between March 10 and September 10 due to the breeding colonies.

One of the first  juvenile Sanderlings of the fall was observed off Owen Point.

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