Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August 14 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, AUGUST 14, 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)

**Alain Clavette will be leading a pelagic outing on the Bay of Fundy, off Grand Manan Island on Saturday, August 24th, with Sunday, August 25th as an alternate if weather is an issue. Two posters with details are included with photos in today's post.

**Georges Brun reported two GREAT EGRETS [Grande Aigrette] in the Bis Marsh (off Louis Street in Dieppe) on Monday.  Georges reports on Tuesday afternoon, his friend, Jean-Paul Bourque saw three GREAT EGRETS [Grande Aigrette] in that same area. It seems to becoming heron Central. I think this is a site we don't monitor closely enough and is so easy to get to. Georges also gives a heads up for folks who like to walk the River Front Trail. The walking bridge over Hall's Creek will be closed until November for painting and sand blasting. That bridge is now in its twentieth year.

**Peggy Bohus reports they have two families of WHITE-TAILED DEER [Cerf de Virginie] around their Cape Breton Road yard this season. There is a doe with twin fawns and a doe with a single fawn. They also have a BULLFROG [Ouaouaron] visitor up on its favourite lily pad and every evening in their man made pond. It seems to enjoy watching the GOLDFISH and TROUT being feed.

**Dale Gaskin reports that he has a very busy bird bath the past few days. He was surprised and pleased to see a male AMERICAN REDSTART [Paruline flamboyante] warbler in its first summer plumage putting on a real show of flying water droplets. Dale also continues to see EASTERN BLUEBIRDS [Merlebleu de l'Est] around his Dawson Settlement site daily.

**Jean LeBlanc got another fly-over silhouette of a RAPTOR photo.  Again the photo shows nice features to suggest MERLIN [Faucon émerillon] with the very pointed wings of a FALCON and the tail bands showing the thick dark bands with the narrow white bands.

**David Lilly shares a beautiful photo of a male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD [Colibri à gorge rubis] in flight . A photo we will have to enjoy as after August 15th there will be few adult male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS[Colibri à gorge rubis] with most having started  their migration south. The females and young of the year will stay with us until September.

**Bob Blake reports he has a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine rousse] adult still feeding young at the suet block. We suggested yesterday that it seemed late for RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine rousse] young to still require attending. That may not be correct or could be  a renest after a failure. My nest guide states that they have only one brood per season.

**Brian Stone came across what appeared to be a nest on Common Milkweed on August 3rd. He kept the nest to see what would develop. On August 13th, 10 days later he had a large hatch of SPIDERLINGS. We probably have all seen these nests before, so now we know, it is a SPIDER nest, species undetermined.

**The Aboiteau/Dyke ceremony combined with the MONARCH [Monarque] butterfly release on Tuesday morning was a big success. Lots of happy faces and  cameras clicking as the MONARCH [Monarque] butterflies took to the air in lively fashion. Some folks very knowledgeable about the Acadian Aboiteau/Dykes spoke. A photo of the refurbished dyke is attached along with the wording and signage overlooking it.



Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton



Seabird safari POSTER

Seabird safari POSTER

ABOITEAU-DYKE SIGNAGE. AUG 13, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

ABOITEAU-DYKE REFURBISHED. AUG 13, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

BULLFROG. AUG 13, 2019. PEGGY BOHUS


MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE. AUG 13, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE. AUG 13, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

MONARCH BUTTERFLY RELEASE. AUG 13, 2019. NELSON POIRIER

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (MALE). AUG 13, 2019. DAVID LILLY

SPIDER NEST. AUG. 3, 2019. BRIAN STONE

SPIDERLINGS FROM NEST. AUG. 13, 2019.. BRIAN STONE

WHITE-TAILED DEER. AUG 13, 2019. PEGGY BOHUS