Friday, September 16, 2011

September 15, 2011 Presqu'ile: Gull Island

The shorebird watching continues to be good at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Today, with access to Gull Island now open since September 11th, we waded across with no problem. The water was a little cool and on our return an hour later, the winds had picked up and the waves were lapping at our knees. Lots of shorebirds including 70 Sanderling, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 American Golden-Plover, 5 Baird's Sandpiper, and 8 White-rumped Sandpiper. On Popham Bay we counted 26 Horned Grebe, along with small flocks of Red-breasted Merganser and Greater Scaup.

Good birding, Bruce

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 until after September 10 to prevent disturbance to the colonial nesting birds there. Visitors to Gull Island not using a boat should be prepared to wade through water of varying depth (said to be over the knees in calm water) in which there is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and slippery. Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board provided by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there.

Justin Peters makes his way out to Gull Island.

An adult Least Sandpiper molting.

Juvenile Least Sandpiper

Molting adult White-rumped Sandpiper

Juvenile Spotted Sandpiper.

juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper

Flock of juvenile Black-bellied Plover in flight

The Sanderling was the most common shorebird on Gull Island.

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