Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Feb 6 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, February 06, 2019 ( Wednesday)
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**Karen and Jamie Burris used Tuesday's spring-like weather to get out on the Turtle Creek Marsh. On arriving they heard the distant sound of annoyed AMERICAN CROWS [Corneille d'Amérique] and suspected a raptor present. On the opposite side of the river, as they scanned, they spotted a raptor flying across the highway and disappear over the tree line. Jamie was able to get one distant shot, that was documentary enough to see the dark facial mask outlined  by the white supercilium and pale lower face of a NORTHERN GOSHAWK [Autour des palombes]. They saw two adult BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche]doing some synchronized aerial acrobatics to suggest pair bonding. The pair just might have seen the Mapleton Park WOOD DUCK [Canard branchu] activity from yesterday! They tallied a total of six BALD EAGLE [Pygargue à tête blanche] in that immediate area, three immature/subadults and three adult birds.
**On the round to the Miramichi on Tuesday, it was very pleasant to drop by a few logging roads, that happened to be very well travelled at the moment, to see a few pairs of CANADA JAYS [Mésangeai du Canada]) in their element. It is that time of year when these birds will be starting their yearly nesting mission. A stop at the feeder yard and woods trail of Wayne  Corcoran on Route 108 near Quarreyville is always a value added bonus. Wayne had approximately 50 EVENING GROSBEAK [Gros-bec errant] last year, which was the most I had seen in one spot since the 1980's. This year he felt he had 350 plus. From what I saw, he made a conservative estimate. He also has feeders along the woods trail, which may be responsible for some of the amazing number of mammal trails and foot/paw imprints in the snow. I have not seen a lot of SNOWSHOE HARE [Lièvre d’Amérique] trails this winter, but that was sure not the case there, along with WEASEL, WHITE-TAILED DEER [Cerf de Virginie], possible WILDCAT, COYOTE and more that I could not be sure of.
 It was also interesting to see many WHITE-TAILED DEER [Cerf de Virginie] using the Miramichi River as a highway . Many seemed to have their muzzles to the ice, but could not imagine what the interest in doing that maybe. An immatue Bald Eagle was watching some very intently possibly with different thoughts in mind.
 I gave a RODENT presentation in the evening to the Miramici Naturalists Club to a very enthustiastic group that had lots of interesting rodent encounters to share.
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BALD EAGLES. FEB 5 2019 JAMIE BURRIS

BALD EAGLES. FEB 5 2019 JAMIE BURRIS

BALD EAGLE (SUSPECT 1ST YEAR). FEB 5, 2019.  NELSON POIRIER

BALD EAGLES. FEB 5 2019 JAMIE BURRIS

CANADA JAY. FEB 5, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

EVENING GROSBEAKS. FEB 5, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

NORTHERN GOSHAWK FEB 5 2019 JAMIE BURRIS

WHITE-TAILED DEER ON MIRAMICHI RIVER. FEB 5, 2019.  NELSON POIRIER