Saturday, 1 December 2018

Dec 1 2018

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE1 December 2018 (Saturday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: Catherine Clements
Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)


**It is December 1st: that means the winter bird count for New Brunswick is underway, extending until February 28th, 2019. Gilles Belliveau is keeping all records of each new bird species as it is reported on reporting sites or directly to him, if you have seen a species not on the list yet. Make sure to put http://nbwinter.gbnature.com on your favourites to check.

**Mac and Brenda Wilmot are also getting a NORTHERN FLICKER [Pic flamboyant] to their Lower Coverdale feeder yard. Brenda put up a warning sign on the window to try to decrease window strikes. One photo shows the Flicker seemingly having difficulty interpreting backwards instructions!

**Jamie Burris had his first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW [Bruant hudsonien] arrive to his Riverview feeder yard, to get some awesome photos to refamiliarize ourselves with this winter visitor from the north. Jamie comments he’s not seeing his CHIPPING SPARROW [Bruant familier], FOX SPARROW [Bruant fauve], or WHITE-THROATED SPARROW [Bruant à gorge blanche], but a few EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant] continue to drop by daily, and a SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] continues to be a regular.

**Audrey Goguen comments that she has had a single AMERICAN ROBIN [Merle d'Amérique] that is keeping vigil on a FLOWERING CRAB TREE [Pommetier] in her Moncton yard for several days now.

**Dave Christie spotted a different-looking Junco among his 15-20 DARK-EYED JUNCO Junco ardoisé] patrons that he suspects to be an OREGON JUNCO [Junco ardoisé [oreganus]]. Dave got a photo in poor light conditions, and hopes to get a better one on Saturday morning if it cooperates. Dave took a windy, cool walk to the Mary’s Point beach area on Friday, to note a flock of 200+ SNOW BUNTINGS [Plectrophane des neiges], suspecting some LAPLAND LONGSPURS [Plectrophane lapon] with them. He is also having what he felt was two different SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS [Épervier brun] buzzing his feeder yard, and was able to see the two together on Saturday, noting the obvious gender size difference, to indicate a pair. He also saw a flock of ten WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS [Bec-croisé bifascié], a species he has not seen much of so far this year.
Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW NOV 30 2018 JAMIE BURRIS

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW NOV 30 2018 JAMIE BURRIS

BIRD WINDOW STRIKE DEFLECTOR. NOV 30, 2018.. MAC WILMOT

NORTHERN FLICKER. NOV 30, 2018. MAC WILMOT

NORTHERN FLICKER. NOV 30, 2018. MAC WILMOT

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