Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park September 15, 2009

With high levels along the Ottawa River, Ted Glas and I decided to head to Presqu'ile Provincial Park, along Lake Ontario, to view shorebirds. Conditions were excellent, again with another beautiful sunny day. We observed 12 species of shorebirds between Beach 1 and Owen Point. Highlights included 9 Baird's Sandpiper, 7 White-rumped Sandpiper and 1 American Golden Plover. The shorebirds were very obliging, allowing us the opportunity for close study. There was a small movement of warblers including a very tame Northern Parula. (see photo) All in all, a great day birding.

White-rumped Sandpiper feeding along beach.

A juvenile American Golden Plover was a highlight!

A comparison of Baird's Sandpiper (left) and White-rumped Sandpiper (right)

Another photo showing back patterns of both species.

Northern Parula was one of a few warblers feeding near Owen Point.

Sunset along Huntmar Road near Carp.

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