Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22 & 23, 2009 Presqu'ile Birding

The birding at Presqu'ile is still interesting despite the colder temperatures and ice forming on the bays and around Gull Island and Owen Point. I arrived late on December 22nd and drove around the loop road and was rewarded with 2 Barred Owls perched out starting to get active at dusk. The following morning I observed 3 more Barred, 2 in the park and a third individual near Brighton. If you need Barred Owl for a "Lifer" this is the time to make that trip! The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still present at the Pioneer Parking lot feeder. This individual which has an injured wing been at the feeder since November and managing to survive by eating sunflower seeds. I walked out to Gull Island but due to shoreline ice didn't find any Purple Sandpipers but observed a Northern Harrier, 2 Horned Lark, 1 late American Pipit, 22 Snow Bunting and lots of Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, and Bufflehead. On Presqu'ile Bay there was an impressive gathering of Mute Swans, 400+!

Mourning Doves having an early morning feed.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak making its way to the feeder.

Blue Jays are regular feeder birds who enjoy sunflower seeds.

Ice forming off High Bluff Island.

A view from Owen Point

The Presqu'ile Provincial Park area has had an impressive concentration of Barred Owls this fall and early winter. A total of 11 were reported on there CBC on Dec.20,2009.

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