Given the beauty and the abundance of habitat at Presque Isle, I found it surprising to learn that there are only two species of duck that nest here, the mallard and the wood duck. It’s also hard to believe it when you see the many thousands of waterfowl that migrate through PI in the late winter and early spring. Although waterfowl migration is nearing its end I thought I’d post a few pictures of some of the beautiful ducks and a few other migrants that pass through Presque Isle on there way to their breeding grounds. Appropriately, as I complete this post it looks like it is about to rain again here in Erie and I think, “This weather is just beautiful…if you’re a duck!”
but, they’ll be back. In the meantime, we’ll have the beautiful warblers and other migrants to enjoy! They started arriving over a week ago and we’ve had pretty good numbers. Last Tuesday the bird banding station had to close down and release many birds unbanded because they ran out of holding bags! See the PI Bird Banding blog here. There is also a lot of migration going on off the park and in our own backyards. Check out Toni’s blog post about the birds migrating through her yard here.