Saturday, 17 February 2018

Feb 17, 2018

Nature Moncton Information Line. Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelson@nb.sympatico.ca
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**A Saturday morning update of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW [Bruant des plaines] at Yolande LeBlanc’s 251 Central Street location in Memramcook: one was feeding at 7:15 a.m., and Yolande reports it was in and out all day on Friday. It is ready for cautious weekend visitors. A later today update…..Yolande and some visitors spotted two Clay-colored sparrows feeding together at the same time. This raises interesting possibilities. Are these two Memramcook birds travelling together as they are the same species or has approaching spring caused a potential pair to be taking a second look!

**PINE SISKIN [Tarin des pins] visits to area feeders have been sparse this winter. Lois Budd was pleased to have a group of seven come by her feeder yard near Salisbury on Friday. Lois took part in The Great Backyard Bird Count going on this weekend, and was able to report a real diversity of expected regulars, including a BROWN CREEPER [Grimpereau brun], two PURPLE FINCH [Roselin pourpré], and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine blanche].

**Doreen Rossiter reports that she had 12-15 CEDAR WAXWINGS [Jaseur d'Amérique] come by her Alma yard on Friday, with no BOHEMIAN WAXWING [Jaseur boréal] tagalongs. They cleaned up the remaining HIGHBUSH CRANBERRIES [Viorne trilobée] in her yard bush. Doreen comments she is noting a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT [Faisan de Colchide] in courting mode, with two hens.

**Danny Sullivan and Brian Stone made a woods hike in the Notre-Dame area on Friday. They went into a BEAVER [Castor] dam area that seemed quiet for the winter on the outside, but was very likely not so on the inside. They saw evidence of PORCUPINE [Porc-épic] bark-feeding but no sign of the perpetrator, a few HEMLOCK [Pruche] trees riddled with the sap holes of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER [Pic maculé] efforts, as well as the expected BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES [Mésange à tête noire], RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES [Sittelle à poitrine rousse] and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS [Roitelet à couronne dorée]. They came across two BLUE JAYS [Geai bleu] violently interacting, possibly in spring activity, but potentially dueling males.

Nelson Poirier
Nature Moncton
 
BEAVER LODGE. FEB. 16, 2018. BRIAN STONE

BLUE JAYS. FEB. 16, 2018.  BRIAN STONE

BLUE JAYS. FEB. 16, 2018.  BRIAN STONE

PINE SISKINS. FEB 16, 2018. LOIS BUDD 

PINE SISKINS. FEB 16, 2018. LOIS BUDD 

PORCUPINE CHEWED TREE. FEB. 16, 2018. BRIAN STONE

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER HOLES. FEB. 16, 2018.  BRIAN STONE