Monday, 26 March 2018

March 26 2018

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, Mar. 26, 2018 (Monday)
 
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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelson@nb.sympatico.ca
Transcript by: David Christie maryspt@mac.com
Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
 
 
**    Lynne Greenblatt reports spotting a male EASTERN BLUEBIRD [Merlebleu de l'Est] on Sunday in the Waterside area. This may seem early but the bluebird does not migrate very far south and can be back in short order. Also, Vicki Daley had sent photos of four Eastern Bluebirds in her Amherst yard, three males and one female, approximately two weeks weeks ago [see March 12 Information Line].
 
**   Dave Christie reports the first FOX SPARROW [Bruant fauve] that I’m aware of this spring, in his Mary’s Point feeder yard on Sunday.  It was very vigorously “working out” in true Fox Sparrow style, digging seeds in the snow. The Fox Sparrow and later-arriving White-crowned Sparrow [Bruant à couronne blanche] are always welcome spring drop-by visitors as they work their way to their breeding grounds to the north of us. Dave says that his yard DARK-EYED JUNCOS [Junco ardoisé], AMERICAN GOLDFINCH AND AM. TREE SPARROWS [Bruant hudsonien] were also feeding heavily, as well as up to 5 PURPLE FINCH [Roselin pourpré] now.
 
**   Kathy Popma has had a GRAY CATBIRD [Moqueur chat] that overwintered in her Sackville yard. She shares a few photos of it enjoying some grape jelly in a hollowed-out orange half, along with some chilled blackberries.
 
**  Several folks have asked about the suggestions for flea control in bird nest-boxes that the Nature Moncton swallow nest box project is suggesting. I’m attaching those suggestions below for anyone who may be interested. I’m also attaching photos of a flea spray that has the right ingredients. This is available at Petsmart. I’m not suggesting one name brand over an other as long as the ingredients and concentration are correct.
 
Swallow Box Suggestions for Flea Control

Fleas are serious to fledglings as they suck blood and if in high numbers could weaken the fledglings or more serious damage. These treatments may not eliminate 100% of the fleas but numbers will be dramatically reduced if not completely eliminated.
The following are suggested as spring treatments preferably by mid-April. Tree Swallows tend to choose boxes soon after they arrive and return later to occupy them. Treatment is suggested by mid-April. Fleas can be a real problem for fledglings and inspection of used boxes in the region has shown nest boxes can harbour high numbers of fleas that can even survive our winters.
Diatomaceous earth (use fine granular to talcum-like consistency)
Place a heaping tablespoon into the box.
This will kill young fleas after they hatch but will not affect adult fleas. It is an inert product and will last for a long time.

0.056%Pyrethrin/0.050% Permethrin
It is best used as an aerosol/spray and is available at many pet stores but be certain it only contains these two ingredients at the strength indicated. This product is not to be used around cats.
The pyrethrin is short-lived but will kill adult fleas the birds arrive with. The permethrin will last approximately six weeks.
Both of these products are considered very safe around birds in light of present-day knowledge and have been used for a long time.
 
 
Nelson Poirier
Nature Moncton
FLEA SPRAY SUGGESTED FOR NEST BOXES LABEL

FLEA SPRAY SUGGESTED FOR NEST BOXES 

GRAY CATBIRD. KATHY POPMA. MARCH 25, 2018

GRAY CATBIRD. KATHY POPMA. MARCH 25, 2018

GRAY CATBIRD. KATHY POPMA. MARCH 25, 2018