Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Canada

Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Canada

It was still dark with the night’s chilly draft and drizzling rain sweeping over Ottawa, when a small, dedicated group of birders met at the Park & Ride off Hwy 416 and Bankfield. The drive down to Prince Edward County revealed several species of birds with plenty more greeting us at the point.

We were lucky with the weather, only being bothered by a few very small drizzling showers. We explored the woods at Prince Edward point finding only a hand full of warblers, a female Indigo Bunting and countless American Goldfinch. The Banding Station there reported capturing more than 75 of them every day.

Merlins were fairly common around the point, but the most spectacular scene was an aerial attack between a persistent Sharp-shinned Hawk against a Coopers Hawk. From the point to our hotel in Trenton, we stopped several times observing many great birds.

All in all, we ended up with a day list of 70 birds that day.

Birding Prince Edward Point & Presqu’ile Provincial Park – Canada
Group at Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Sharp-shinned Hawk, Photo courtesy Tony Beck

DSC 0157 Copy1
Double-crested Cormorant, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

DSC 0820 Copy
Double-crested Cormorant, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

6330262807 ebf4abe756
Prince Edward Point Light House

DSC 0606 Copy
Presqu’ile Park Light House, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

DSC 0460 Copy
Mute Swans, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

The next day started early with breakfast at 6:30am. And, the good weather followed us all day long.

Presqu’ile Park and the surrounding area gave us many wonderful bird sightings, ending the day with a list of 86 birds.

A total weekend trip list of 106 birds included 12 species of warblers, 5 species of woodpecker and 12 species of shorebirds.

This was one of the best late-summer trips to Presqu’ile in Always An Adventure’s memory.

DSC 0319 Copy
Caspian Tern, Photo courtesy Joshua McCullough

Caspian Tern with fish

DSCN0400 cropped
Birding group at Prince Edward Point

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

American Wigeon

Anas americana

American Black Duck

Anas rubripes


Anas platyrhynchos

Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors

Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

Common Loon

Gavia immer

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura


Pandion haliaetus

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius


Falco columbarius

Common Gallinule/Moorhen

Gallinula galeata

American Coot

Fulica americana

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica


Charadrius vociferus

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


Calidris alba

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

White-rumped Sandpiper

Calidris fuscicollis

Baird’s Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Bonaparte’s Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Ruby-thr. Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia

Tennessee Warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Northern Parula

Setophaga americana

Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia

Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Setophaga caerulescens

Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Black-thr. Green Warbler

Setophaga virens

Wilson’s Warbler

Cardellina pusilla

Eastern Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Purple Finch

Carpodacus purpureus

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

6330263809 89868f3f3e
Presqu’ile Park

Excursion organized by

Always An Adventure

Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Nina is Norwegian, an extensive world traveller, and is now living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She's also a passionate birder and nature lover. She's a professional photographer, graduated from "Bilder Nordic School of Photography" in Oslo, Norway. Her award-winning work appears in many catalogues, magazines, postcards, websites, calendars and more. Nina, & her husband Tony Beck, offer local excursions, international tours and photographic services through their company "Always An Adventure Inc". Nina also conducts photography and photo editing courses.

Dive in!

Discover hidden wildlife with our FREE newsletters

We promise we’ll never spam! Read our Privacy Policy for more info

Nina Stavlund

Nina Stavlund

Professional Photographer accepting new assignments! After working as an Executive/Personal Assistant for 15 years, mainly in the oil and gas business in Norway, I needed a change in my life. Since photography had been a passion since I was a child, I wanted to do something creative and meaningful in this field. This inspired me to visit Greece for 3 wonderful years. After returning to Norway, I decided it was time to become a professional photographer/artist. In 2010, I graduated from “Bilder Nordic School of Photography” in Oslo. At the same time, I was working full time with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International Arctic Program. In addition to nature & wildlife photography, I also do lifestyle, weddings/anniversaries, portrait and creative photography and I teach photography and photo editing.

Share this post with your friends

Leave a Reply

Notify of