With many birders visiting Presqu'ile Provincial Park on the weekend, it is not surprising that some rarities were among the great variety of birds spotted before the cool weather set in. Even the bird banding produced record numbers and a good variety of species. The coming weekend will see the celebrity birders (aka young ornithologists) seeking to raise funds for the Ontario Field Ornithologists by doing a 24-hour birdathon in the Presqu'ile area.
A flock of 40 BRANT flew over on May 16 and another two flocks were seen yesterday. Once again the wing-tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was
May 21, 2015 - Fred Helleiner
The month of May has so far upheld its reputation for being the most interesting month of the year at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, including some rarities, even though the expected peak of the songbird migration normally occurs after the middle of the month. Perhaps the forthcoming Warblers and Whimbrels weekend that starts on Saturday will confirm that.
The TRUMPETER SWAN bearing wing tag number K29 has been seen three times in the past week. It was originally banded in Burlington and spent most of last winter near Kingston. None of the expected BRANT flocks have appeared yet. A
May 14, 2015 - Fred Helleiner