Most birds seen at Presqu'ile Provincial Park this week can be assumed to have spent the summer here, and to have likely bred here. Birds whose breeding grounds are farther north are the exception, and a few of those have shown up this week. The origin of the prize bird of the past week, however, is a mystery.
A TRUMPETER SWAN was embedded in a flock of MUTE SWANS in Popham Bay on Tuesday. Ducks in that area have included well over a dozen GADWALLS, three AMERICAN WIGEONS, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a flock of 20 REDHEADS, two GREATER SCAUP, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and COMMON and
July 30, 2015 - Fred Helleiner
Presqu'ile Provincial Park is always a good spot to go birding, though the mid-summer doldrums usually restrict the menu to the breeding birds, of which there is a good variety. This week one or two species have been found that have not been reported in recent weeks.
GADWALLS can usually be seen on the north shore of Gull Island, and three REDHEADS were there on July 20. A male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on the east shore of Gull Island today. Although most AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN sightings at Presqu'ile have been in August, one was present for two days on July 25-26 eleven years
July 23, 2015 - Fred Helleiner