Feb `9 2015
To borrow an ornithological metaphor, birders have been as scarce as hen's teeth at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in recent days. Thus, the following observations come from a few hardy souls willing to brave some of the coldest days of the winter.
With almost 80 % of Lake Ontario frozen over, it is perhaps surprising that so many water birds have recently found their way into Presqu'ile Bay, which itself has most of the time only a few small patches of open water. It may be an awareness that a wind change can temporarily open things up even more, as has happened a few times this
February 20, 2015 - Fred Helleiner
This morning a group of several dozen GREATER SCAUP near the lighthouse was the largest this month. An immature BALD EAGLE, seen there yesterday and today, dispersed that flock. A RED-TAILED HAWK flew over this morning. Three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS huddled together on the ice on Saturday. A BARRED OWL was photographed two days ago.
AMERICAN ROBINS were still in evidence yesterday. A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS on the ice of Popham Bay yesterday, as well as two other flocks seen by this observer outside the Park yesterday and one today, suggests that a migration of that
February 18, 2015 - Fred Helleiner