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Date: 02/20/2014

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From Dr. Fred Helleiner: At Presqu’ile Provincial Park, birding has shown some improvement with the opening up of the outer part of Presqu’ile Bay. Waterfowl have been pouring in during the last few days. CANADA GEESE, which have been absent from Presqu’ile Bay for most of the past week, have returned in good numbers, while MUTE SWANS remain almost absent. CANVASBACKS and REDHEADS have returned in larger numbers than at any time in the past month. The male RING-NECKED DUCK at Salt Point is still there, as are several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Suddenly on Tuesday, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, of which a few had been seen on most days all winter, re-appeared with more being present than at any time this winter. Although Gull Island is still snow-covered, RING-BILLED GULLS are milling around in and above the surrounding waters. SNOWY OWLS are being seen almost every day, and four were seen on one day. Forwarded by Don Davis

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park, ON

Latitude: 44 Longitude: -77.7

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