NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, December 04, 2018 (Tuesday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
**Jean-Paul and Stella Leblanc got an excellent photo of an adult, male LONG-TAILED DUCK [Harelde kakawi] at Cap Lumiére on Monday. This duck species will spend the winter with us. They also spotted a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD [Moqueur polyglotte] from the Cormierville wharf on Monday. We now know of at least three in the area. Jean-Paul also photographed a BALD EAGLE [Pygargue à tête blanche] on the side of the road near the fish market in Cocagne that was keeping an eye on the duck activity there. Jean-Paul also advises that Maria Gauvin has a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS [Cardinal rouge] in her feeder yard in Saint-Anne-de-Kent. It is nice to hear of this species staying in the area with several feeder yards hosting them. Some are visiting on and off while others are regulars.
** Georges Brun got a documentary photo of a light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK [Buse pattue] on the Riverview Marsh on Monday. He has been seeing it using the same perch for some time but was unable to get more than a documentary photo. This means that two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS [Buse pattue], one RED-TAILED HAWK [Buse à queue rousse] and NORTHERN HARRIERS [Busard des marais] have been spotted by Georges on this marsh recently. There must be a Vole population there. Are Short-eared Owls next on the list as they were last year?
** Brian Stone got a photo of a mass of SLUG EGGS under a rock near a home foundation on Monday. Red-backed Salamander egg masses can look very similar but one can usually easily see the developing embryos more clearly in the case of the Red-backed Salamander egg mass.
** Each tree and shrub has its own unique winter bud, leaf scar, and arrangements which I personally find interesting and challenging to identify without telltale leaves/needles, flowers, or fruit/cones. I like to share a species from time to time and maybe someone might also get interested. Today I am attaching three photos of the HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY shrub to show its alternate arrangement of reddish, elongated, lateral buds with twin terminal buds and a few of the cleat shaped leaf scars below each bud which contain three leaf vein scars. The arrangement of the parts of this species is opposite while other tree/shrub species would be alternate to further help in narrowing identity.
BALD EAGLE. DEC 2,2018..JP LEBLANC
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (LIGHT MORPH) DEC 3 2018 GEORGES BRUN
HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY LATERAL BUD AND LEAF SCAR. DEC 3, 2018. NELSON POIRIER
HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY LATERAL BUDS. DEC 3, 2018. NELSON POIRIER
HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY TERMINAL BUDS. DEC 3, 2018. NELSON POIRIER
LONG-TAILED DUCK (ADULT MALE). DEC 3,2018. JP LEBLANC
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. DEC 2, 2018. JP LEBLANC
SLUG EGGS. DEC. 03, 2018. BRIAN STONE