Monday, October 29, 2012

October 28, 2012 Birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park and area.

Hi all,

Lots of birds today in the Presqu'ile area.

Bruce Di Labio, Bill Gilmour and Mike Runtz all reported that a second  Hudsonian Godwit has appeared at Gosport and from the looks of it  (albeit in very poor light) the new bird is a juv. (the other is an  adult). The Glossy Ibis is feeding away in spite of wind and rain.
Also at Gosport were 8 G Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral  and 20 Dunlins.

At Presqu'ile this morning there was a Short-eared Owl flushed from  the NW corner of Gull Is. After circling the island and picking up a  small party of mobbing Bonaparte's Gulls the owl headed for High Bluff Island.
There were a number of shorebirds about included 2 White-rumps,  12 Sanderlings, 40+ Dunlins, 3 Pectoral, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and as many as
60 Greaters. At the Lighthouse there was a single E Phoebe, a  Nashville and a Black-throated Green among 40+ Myrtles, and a single  Meadowlark perched atop a tree near the Lighthouse briefly. There  were also hundreds of junco's and siskins milling about.


Directions for Gosport: From Brighton go south on Prince Edward Street
(the main N/S road from downtown), over the railway tracks. Follow
the road as it swings left and just before you get to the Constructed
Wetland, turn right on to Harbour St. Follow Harbour for a few
hundred meters and turn left on Baldwin St. Follow Baldwin St. south
into Gosport. Turn left on to Price Street (at ball diamond) and
follow to the very end. Walk east along the mowed path and stand on
the tip of land and look north.

Directions for Presqu'ile P.P.: 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. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be able to walk across the gap without special footwear unless a wind change creates a gap of shallow water. It should also be noted that, because duck hunting is given
priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, Owen Point, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days. 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.

A view of Sebastopol Island/point.

A view of High Bluff Island.

Due to the low water levels on Lake Ontario, Owen Point and Gull Island are connected by a long, wide gravel bar. No rubber boots nesacerary!  

Flocks of American Tree Sparrows were on the move south.

The American Tree Sparrow winters throughtout eastern Ontario.

American Robins were plentiful in the park feeding on a variety of berries.

The Pine Siskin is on the move too and numerous large flocks were sighted in the park and at feeders.

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