Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 28, 2011 Great shorebird watching at Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Hi Everyone
Spent the day shorebird watching at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. The viewing conditions were great and we observed 14 species of shorebirds. Most of the shorebirds were between Owen Point and Beach #3. It was hard to estimate the numbers due to the constant movement of birds but there were around 500+, mainly juveniles. Highlights included 14 Baird's Sandpiper, 3 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 11 Ruddy Turnstone, 68 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Pectoral Sandpiper, 37 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, and 2 Black-bellied Plover. There was 1 Merlin that made numerous runs at the shorebirds but was unsuccessful.
Good Birding, Bruce and Ben

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.

Lots of patience is required to carefully scan the flocks.

Extensive shorebird habitat between Owen Point and Beach #3

adult Pectoral Sandpiper

juv. Least Sandpiper

juv. Baird's Sandpiper

juv. Baird's Sandpiper

juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher

juvenile Semipalmated Plover

juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper

juvenile Stilt Sandpiper

juvenile Stilt Sandpiper with worm.

juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher

juvenile Sanderling

Flock of juv. Ruddy Turnstone with juv. Short-billed Dowitcher

Merlin looking for breakfast!

juv. Lesser Yellowlegs

juv. Baird's Sandpiper

Adult Semipalmated Sandpiper moulting.

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