NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, December 03, 2020 (Thursday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
**On Wednesday. Mitch Doucet drove up to Indian Mountain & Stilesville. It was boiling with dozens of EVENING GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, 3 adult male PINE GROSBEAKS and over 100 COMMON REDPOLLS. They ran into a large flock of redpolls on Indian Mountain and this LEUCISTIC really stood out of the crowd! It actually appeared bigger than the other redpolls, but it could just be because he was brighter. Mitch got some nice photos of the leucistic individual next to a normally plumaged redpoll to nicely show the difference. It is great to hear of the numbers of these 4 species we could well enjoy at our feeder yards this coming winter to very much brighten up the present scenario
** Brian Coyle shares more videos from the large rock that has been so good to him in getting interesting trail camera footage. It would be interesting to know how that huge rock ended up there … glacial erratic??
One video shows a large group of immature RING-NECKED PHEASANTS [Faisan de Colchide] seemingly being herded or monitored by an adult male. Another video shows a PORCUPINE [Porc-épic d'Amerique] dropping by to urine mark the rock. Yet another video shows an adult RED-TAILED HAWK [Buse à queue rousse] that has landed on the rock with a good sized, unrecognizable rodent prey and is privately having lunch (or at least the hawk thinks so). Take a look at the action at the links below.
** Jamie Burris got a photo of a fish that is common but that we seldom see, the ROCK GUNNEL. It has an eel-like appearance and sometimes gets the name BUTTERFISH. Jamie’s grandkids found this in the Northumberland Strait in September. This one was 3 to 4 inches long but they can get much bigger.
** Eric Wilson was very pleased to be another to have a NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge] (male) arrive to his Moncton Yard. Eric hasn’t seen a cardinal since he moved from Ontario 7 years ago. Eric comments “I’m gonna pass out!”
** Aldo Dorio photographed a mature NORTHERN SHRIKE [Pie-grièche grise] at Hay Island on Wednesday from 2 different angles. The hook on the beak shows nicely. A GREAT BLUE HERON [Grand Héron] was still at Hay Island, which we can expect to see the occasional one until freeze up covers their food supply.
** It was a pleasant surprise to see a new species arrive to our urban feeder yard on late Wednesday afternoon … a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine blanche]. It would not seem like a normal habitat for a White-breasted Nuthatch but I hope it continues to be a patron.