NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, October 21, 2020 (Wednesday)
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** Mac Wilmot hit the jackpot when he arrived home in the late afternoon on Tuesday to spot a strange bird to him perched on the clothes line. It sure was. Mac got great photos of a SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER [Tyran tigré], a rare vagrant drop by to New Brunswick. Mac lives at 1091 Hillsborough Rd., 4.7Km from the Gunningsville Bridge travelling east towards Fundy National Park. Visitors are welcome and the bird is still present on Wednesday. It was feeding on Virginia Creeper berries but Mac says that the plant is nearly cleaned of fruit. I believe there has only been 2 previous confirmed records of this species in New Brunswick.
To top that off Mac had his first NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge] visit. It was a male. We sometimes get a bit of a fall flush of cardinals in the area. I wonder if this is the start. In past years they usually moved on, but someday they are going to stay. The Sussex and Saint John area can’t have them all! Mac’s brother who happens to live next door to him had a dozen EASTERN BLUEBIRDS [Merlebleu de l'Est] arrive to chow down on Virginia Creeper berries and he was so awestruck that he forgot to get photos.
** Stella and Jean-Paul Leblanc were in the Cap Lumiére area on Tuesday. They saw 30 GRAY SEALS [Phoque gris] approximately 1 Km north of the wharf and were able to get some distant photos. They would all appear to be Gray Seals, some very clearly showing the signature “horse head” appearance. A group that size would suggest a significant food source in the area of some species of fish present in numbers to attract them. Stella and Jean-Paul comment that they could hear them vocalizing from the shore.
** Aldo Dorio is still enjoying the HORNED LARK [Alouette hausse-col] continued presence at Hay Island with one offering a pleasant portrait.
** All thanks to John Klymco for sharing a great presentation on dragonflies and damselflies virtually on Tuesday evening to Nature Moncton. Unfortunately many folks had problems getting on board with the learning curve for the new system which will be worked on to get some bumps smoothed down. If the presentation can in any way be placed on the website, or with a link for later consumption, stay tuned.