Thursday, 25 August 2016

Aug 25 2016

** Karen McDermott came across a site for bird identification with many bird photos in their seasonal and age related plumages that she has found very helpful. Maybe some already use it, but if you have not Karen suggests that you check it out at the http://www.natureinstruct.org
, then click on " Dendroica ".
** Aldo Dorio got a photograph of a female PILEATED WOODPECKER [Grand pic], a BELTED KINGFISHER [Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique], and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS [Grand Chevalier]. I am wondering if the Greater Yellowlegs might be a juvenile, as there is no upward tip to the bill at its tip, and the bill seems to be too long for a Lesser Yellowlegs.
** We had three AMERICAN ROBINS [Merle d'Amérique], very much still in juvenile plumage, arrive to our yard grapevine to sample the grape clusters. A bit of a surprise as the grapes are basically still green with mere blushes of blue on some of them. I suspect they would be very sour, but the youngsters were intent on having a feed.
The Swamp Milkweed we have in our yard that has been so attractive to pollinators has now gone into its seed pod stage, with a photo of the upright pods showing. This is Jim Wilson's stock, but is two years old. Many planted this plant in their yard this spring from seed Jim Wilson had generously provided, with growing instructions.
 
 
Nelson Poirier,

Nature Moncton
AMERICAN ROBIN (JUVENILE) AUG 24, 2016.NELSON POIRIER 

AMERICAN ROBIN (JUIVENILE) AUG 24, 2016.NELSON POIRIER 

BELTED KINGFISHER. AUG 23, 2016.ALDO DORIO

GREATER YELLOWLEGS.AUG 23, 2016.ALDO DORIO

PILEATED WOODPECKER (FEMALE).AUG 23, 2016.ALDO DORIO

SWAMP MILKWEED PODS.AUG 24, 2016.NELSON POIRIER