Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Jan 9 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, January 09 2019 ( Wednesday)
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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com.
Transcript by: Judy Marsh       marshj@nbnet.nb.ca
Info Line # 506-384-6397"(384-NEWS)

** Todd Watts leaves a comment on a photo Georges Brun got of an AMERICAN CROW [Corneille d'Amérique]harrasing a raptor over the Riverview Marsh, guessing it to be a RED-TAILED HAWK [Buse à queue rousse], due to the belly band and lack of ‘hockey puck’ marks at the carpal joint of the ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK [Buse pattue]. With the help of a crop and photoshop, the belly band shows up more clearly as does the patagial bar ( the dark bar on the frontal underwing next to the body) that is specific to the Red-Tailed Hawk in all plumages. The cropped and enhanced photo is attached.
** Daryl Doucet comments his Moncton feeder yard has been devoid of sparrows the past two weeks, after a real run on them earlier. He was glad to have a SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] to come by to hopefully suggest all is well with the sparrow kin. At my own feeder yard, the sparrows seem to be hanging in nicely, but the fifty plus AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune] have dropped to a few and replaced by approximately twenty-five PINE SISKIN [Tarin des pins]. The male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER [Pic à ventre roux] is seen most days coming for its shelled peanut fix. The pair of NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge], we had for a time, have not been seen in three weeks.
** The EVENING GROSBEAK [Gros-bec errant] appear to be gathering in larger flocks and being faithful to some feeder yards. The Rentons in Stilesville recently reported 50 + as regulars. Carol Shea in Upham has had them build up to fifty-five plus in number.
** Several feeders have reported NORTHERN SHRIKE [Pie-grièche grise] visits this season and Tuesday was my turn to have one arrive. It was not particularly cooperative about being photographed, but an out of the window documentary photo  suggested it to be an immature by the breast barring and brown tones in the plumage. The MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste] seemed to chuckle about its presence, but the small patrons surely paid attention.
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NORTHERN SHRIKE. JAN 8, 2019. NELSON POIRIER



NORTHERN SHRIKE. JAN 8, 2019. NELSON POIRIER


RED-TAILED HAWK - CROW INTERACTION.  JAN 5 2019. GEORGES BRUN

SONG SPARROW. JAN 8, 2019. DARYL DOUCET