At Presqu'ile Provincial Park, both birders and birds seem to have been impatient to get moving. Finally last night some of the latter decided it was time to move in. Before that, some of the more interesting sightings were late lingering winter birds, rather than early spring arrivals.
CANADA GEESE have begun what appears to be a molt migration, as flocks are heading north overhead. MUTE SWANS have apparently chased almost all other waterfowl out of the marsh and into other nearby waters. It is surely time to take seriously suggestions that this invasive species be brought under
May 1, 2015 - Fred Helleiner
Anyone living within 100 kilometres of Presqu'ile Provincial Park and experiencing the same frigid weather conditions as the Park is experiencing will understand why the spring bird migration of the past week has been less than spectacular. Most of the expected species have been detected but in very small numbers (with one noteworthy exception).
Standing out like a sore thumb, a male NORTHERN SHOVELER was embedded in a flock of GREEN-WINGED TEAL on and around the shore of Popham Bay near Owen Point. The previously reported RED-THROATED LOON was still in Presqu'ile Bay on April 17,
April 23, 2015 - Fred Helleiner