NATURE MONCTON NATURE NEWS
May 18, 2022 (Wednesday)
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**A very big thank you to Andrew Darcy for his Tuesday night presentation on the very large number of underwater community members that we just never get to see and possibly never will. Andrew’s experience with the research and monitoring branch of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was a real eye-opener and we are very fortunate to have a keen naturalist doing this research to share it with us.
Also a thank you to Fred Richards for successfully being able to share the live presentation with folks who were not able to get there in person.
**Louise Nichols took a walk down old Fairfield Rd in Sackville on Monday. White-throated Sparrows were in full serenade with three or more singing at the same time. Many new migrant warblers were also in the area, especially Black-throated Green, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers. On her way back, while driving along Buck Road, Louise spotted two Turkey Vultures in the ditch, perhaps cleaning up some carrion. One of them flew when Louise's car approached, but the other stayed put, allowing Louise to get some fairly close photos.
**Susan Richards had a female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak stop in Tuesday to their Taylor Village yard and did much the same thing as the male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak did Monday. It flitted from the sunflower seed feeder to the tree, to the nyjer feeder, to the ground then on the wooden stick holding the feeders up high, then gone. There were no sounds Susan could hear coming from her nor the male yesterday, just a quiet show, then gone. She got some photos of the female but not the male. Susan is 'camera ready' now!
Susan has cut-in-half oranges out on a 4-posted shepherd's hook and is on the watch for orioles.
Susan also heard Bobolinks in the fields Tuesday morning after a thunderstorm.
**Jim Johnson in Scotch Settlement reports the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have arrived. There were only a few until Tuesday night when numbers suddenly swelled to a dozen. He has lots of Tree Swallows and a few Bobolinks are being noticed.
**Brian Stone only made it out to his back yard deck on Tuesday but managed to get a few photos anyway. A dark, orangey Mining Bee landed on the patio stones long enough for a quick photo and the Spruce Trees were blooming with new pollen and seed cones. While he was waiting and hoping for more bees to show up he noticed a small, white-ish flutter in the nearby shrubbery and he rushed to get the photo of a Bluish Spring Moth (editor’s note: this moth is very easily confused with the Northern Azure Butterfly until looked at closely) that had stopped just long enough to make Brian's best photo of the day.