Birders visiting Presqu'ile Provincial Park this week are finding very few birds except in the remaining patches of open water in Presqu'ile Bay and at the various bird feeders in the Park and along Bayshore Road.
Only one TRUMPETER SWAN could be found this week, largely because most of the hundreds of swans have their heads tucked under their wings while hunkered down on the ice of Presqu'ile Bay (or perhaps because there was only one!). The female CANVASBACK mentioned in last week's report was still present on Friday and Saturday, and the male RING-NECKED DUCK was there from Friday
January 29, 2015 - Fred Helleiner
As in most of southern Ontario, winter conditions persist at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, and the preponderance of bird sightings reflects that.
Swans have been the flavour of the week. Hundreds of MUTE SWANS have been in Presqu'ile Bay all week, even when it is frozen over. The high count was a record 586 individuals on January 18. In addition, the two adult and two immature TRUMPETER SWANS mentioned in last week's report were also there on that day and two TUNDRA SWANS, the first of the season, were there yesterday. The hoped for influx of REDHEADS in the wake of last weekend's
January 22, 2015 - Fred Helleiner