Presqu’ile Bird Report for Week of 15-21 Jan 2021

Presqu’ile Bird Report for Week of 15-21 Jan 2021

By Doug McRae

This report is primarily based on sightings gleaned from eBird, and those reported directly to me. I would be grateful to hear of any interesting sightings. You can reach me at rdouglasmcrae@gmail.com. Your observations are very much appreciated. If you are reporting something rare, please provide some details (exact location, ID features noted) or photographs if possible.

OVERVIEW: As a consequence of the lock down and perhaps a general winter malaise, there was almost no birding taking place in Presqu’ile this week so consequently there is very little to report.

HIGHLIGHTS: LESSER SCAUP, HOARY REDPOLL

TRUMPETER SWAN – 3 were seen on 20 Jan.

LESSER SCAUP – 2 were still present on 20 Jan.

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – Ironically numbers rose this week with a high of 16 on 17 Jan.

BALD EAGLE – several birds were seen through the week, usually on the ice of Presqu’ile Bay.

COOPER’S HAWK – there were several sightings through the week – a regular visitor to bird feeders along Bayshore Rd.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK – 1 on 17 Jan was the only report.

ICELAND GULL – 1 was seen on 19 Jan.

COMMON REDPOLL – seen through the week with 65 on 15 Jan being the high count.

HOARY REDPOLL – one with a flock of Common’s on 15 Jan was the only report of this rarity.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - 1 at Camp Office feeder on 21 Jan.

Directions: Presqu’ile Provincial Park is located south of Brighton on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is well signed from either Hwy. 401 or Cty. Rd. 2.

Doug McRae Shrew Solutions Inc. 240 Presqu’ile Parkway Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0 613-475-5014 H 613-243-4161 C

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