The following birds of note were reported from Presque Isle S.P., Erie, Pa., unless noted otherwise.
Surf Scoter 1 pair; through the week; north pier and Beach 11
Sandhill Crane 9; March 7; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the Tom Ridge Center and Presque Isle S.P
11; March 8; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the Tom Ridge Center
6; March 11; over Dead Pond Trail
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 adults; March 11; Lake View Landfill
Snowy Owl 1; March 9 & 10; private residence (ebird alert with photo included)
Short-eared Owl 1; March 8; Gull Point
Surf Scoter up to 4; all week; off Beach 11 & Thompson Bay
Little Gull 1; March 19; Presque Isle Bay
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; March 19; Presque Isle Bay
Long-eared Owl 2; March 16 & 17; pines
Short-eared Owl 1; March 15; Gull Point
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1; March 18; pines
Great Egret 5; March 26; Gull Point
Broad-winged Hawk 1; March24 (early); Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
Sandhill Crane 1; March 22; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
1; March 27; Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the TREC
Little Gull 1 adult; March 26; Leo's
Long-eared Owl up to 4; March 23 to 27; pines
The only bird of note this week was an adult Little Gull that continues off Beach 11 or Misery Bay on Presque Isle S.P., Erie, Pa.
Great Egrets and the first Caspian Tern of the season was reported from Gull Point on Presque Isle S.P. a couple of days ago.
Also, anyone planning on venturing out to Gull Point may have to swim. There now is only a 20 foot wide land-bridge connecting the mainland with Gull Point and much of the trail has been washed out to sea. The lake level is presently about three feet above normal, so a storm could easily wash out the bridge separating the lake from Thompson Bay. DCNR has plans to try and secure this bridge before it is lost.
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