Thursday, 15 February 2018

Feb 15 2018

 
 
 
 
NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, February 15, 2018 ( Thursday )
 
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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelson@nb.sympatico.ca
Transcript by: Brian Stone bjpstone@gmail.com
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** Susan Atkinson comments that she saw the trail of a RED FOX [Renard roux] in her Moncton yard leading to her birdfeeder area recently and Kat Atkinson saw a Red Fox roaming in the area late in the evening. There are very likely more foxes within the city than we realize as this animal does well around urban environments.

** Brian Stone and I made a run to Memramcook on Wednesday for an audience with the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS [Bruant des plaines] there. We missed the one at Yolande Leblanc's 251 Central St. ( Rue Centrale ) location by just a few minutes as it had been seen near continuously in the earlier morning. A drop by Jules Cormier's got the one there, but it took a wait for it to put in an appearance at its favourite Hydrangea bush.
Earlier we had dropped by the Chateau Moncton  parking lot to check the marsh. A NORTHERN HARRIER [Busard Saint-Martin] was seen hunting. A pair of adult BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche] were on the ground near the river bank. The COYOTE [Coyote] was hunting very far out on the marsh. On our return we walked the marsh from the Riverview side to the river's edge near the Trans Aqua enclosure. A distant  RED-TAILED HAWK [Buse à queue rousse] was spotted but no Short-eared Owls were seen. Tracks of Coyote, Mink and Shrew/Vole were seen. Note the equidistant stride of the Mink in comparison to the unequal length stride of the Weasel. Vole/Shrew trails were obvious but not considered abundant.

Five raptors have been seen on the marsh over the past few weeks ... Short-eared Owls, a Snowy Owl, Bald Eagles, Northern Harrier and a Red-tailed Hawk. The Coyote seems to be fairing well. I would wonder if it may be catching Muskrats or Rats. The prey in its mouth in the picture that Georges Brun got recently seems large for a Vole.
 
The large colourful Wood Turtle  at the rear of the Rogers building, a creation of the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance,  was a colourful  addition to the riverbank vista of the City as seen from the Riverview Marsh  
 
 
Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton
 



 
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

BALD EAGLES. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

MALLARD DUCKS. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

MINK TRAIL. FEB 14, 2018. NELSON POIRIER 

MINK TRAIL. FEB 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE
MINK TRAIL. FEB 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE
RED-TAILED HAWK.  FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

SOLAR HALO ( 22 DEG. ). FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

SUNSET. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

TURTLE. FEB. 14, 2018. BRIAN STONE

VOLE OR SHREW TRAIL. FEB 14, 2018. NELSON POIRIER 

VOLE OR SHREW TRAIL. FEB 14, 2018. NELSON POIRIER