Saturday, 9 February 2019

Feb 9 2019


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Edited by: Nelson Poirier
Transcript by: Catherine Clements
Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)

**Georges Brun watched an immature RED-TAILED HAWK [Buse à queue rousse] move around to several perches near Albert Street across from Assomption Boulevard and Vaughan Harvey Boulevard on Friday, and later saw it successfully having its lunch on a pole, with several CROWS [Corneille] providing a background chorus. Georges also comments on Spiders [Araignées] travelling over the snow, noting different sizes. These may well be the FUNNEL-WEB WEAVERS [Agélénidés] identified last week that will readily move to the surface on warmer and wet days. Georges also comments Brent Mazerolle mentioned he had seen a half-dozen BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche] near a brook opposite the former Royal Court in Riverview. It would be interesting to know what they were gathered there for. It would be too early for SMELTS [Éperlan] and getting late for TOMCOD [Poulamon atlantique] runs.

**We ran some photos of the male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER [Pic à dos noir] that Danny Sullivan ran across on the Mapleton Park trail on Thursday. We were able to get Danny’s 42-second video clip of the action today. Take a look at the attached link.

**Bill Woods comments he visited a travelling temporary exhibit going on at the moment at Moncton Resurgo Place and highly recommends it. It is called “Worlds of the Night”, and is an exhibit that can be visited any time during regular hours. I think it’s going to be there all of February at least. The notice is attached.
Temporary Exhibits
January 26, 2019 – April 21, 2019
The best stories are told once the sun has set, when mysteries abound and your mind is all set to go on a roller coaster of emotions. Wander in The Worlds of the Night’s dusky ambiance and meet nocturnal animals that are out and about while you sleep. Obviously, you won’t catch a wink of sleep tonight!

**Louise Richard shares an interesting photo of her late uncle and a friend with a large fish they caught at the then Reid’s Wharf on the Petitcodiac River at Moncton. The photo is from the Moncton newspaper, approximately 65 years ago. I personally can’t identify the fish in the photo. It does have a BASS [Bar rayé] look. Any comments would be appreciated. Louise also directs to a link attached to some very interesting information on what the widening river is revealing about our past and Reid’s Wharf.

**We are getting few feeder yard reports lately so will update on my own feeder yard. The yard is swarming with REDPOLLS [Sizerin]. PINE SISKINS [Tarin des pins] and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune] sometimes arrive with the Redpolls or on their own, but not in the numbers that had been attending. Four to six HOUSE FINCH [Roselin familier] are regular. Sparrows [Bruants] in lower numbers include AMERICAN TREE SPARROW [Bruant hudsonien], SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur], WHITE-THROATED SPARROW [Bruant à gorge blanche], and DARK-EYED JUNCO [Junco ardoisé].
Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine rousse] and one WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine blanche] are regular, along with the BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES [Mésange à tête noire], MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste], BLUE JAYS [Geai bleu], and expected Woodpeckers [Pics]. The male RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER [Pic à ventre roux] and male NORTHERN FLICKER [Pic flamboyant] are visiting but very irregular.

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton