Presqu’ile Provincial Park

My holidays are unsurprisingly bird-centred, and I’m at 66 species in 10 days.  Last week we visited Presqu’ile Provincial Park where we were swarmed by mosquitoes, and parts of the trail were underwater (we ended up soaked to our knees), and all in all it was… awesome.  4 species I’ve never seen before, and lots of firsts for the year.  So here are some highlights.

My first Great Egret… which was followed by another, and then another

Caspian Tern diving – I love watching them fish. Flying over the water, they suddenly stop and hover, fold their wings and just DROP.

Who can see this many shorebirds and NOT have a great day?

Killdeer (foreground) and Semipalmated Plover (background).

Least Sandpiper – the smallest shorebird in the world. ‘Nuff said.

Never mind, I’ll say it. Least Sandpiper – the CUTEST shorebird in the world.

Having just soaked our running shoes crossing the deepest “puddle” yet (we didn’t know what was coming next), I happened to look over and up to see this fellow watching us – probably wondering if we were crazy. He posed for some lovely pictures and I slogged on rather smiley about my closest ever encounter with a Black-crowned Night Heron.

Northern Waterthrush – my second ever, so it still has that special, exciting edge

Young Pied-billed Grebe who appeared suddenly beside us on our way out of the park.

‘Til next month, happy birding!


About Rachel Lancashire, ON

Rachel Lancashire lives and birds in Ennismore, ON. Groundcovers nursery worker by day, she is a freelance writer and artist in her spare time. She has had articles about birds and wildlife published in Nature Friend, GreenPrints and The Banner. Her art, inspired by birds, can be found on her blog, MyWildMuses, and in her Etsy shop, Miss Sitta’s Nest.

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