Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Oct 23 2019

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, October 23, 2019 (Wednesday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier
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** It is always a very sad moment to have to say goodbye to a Nature Moncton member. Judy Marsh passed away on Tuesday. Judy’s warmth and pleasant presence around Nature Moncton events will be fondly remembered. Judy and her husband Sterling were always together and Sterling will be very much in our thoughts. Judy’s obituary is attached.

** It was a very good day for Doreen Rossiter at her Alma feeder yard on Monday. There was no return of the female Blue Grosbeak yet, but there were other surprise avian visitors. Doreen had a brief visit from a BROWN THRASHER [Moqueur roux]. It didn’t use the feeders but scratched on some soft ground and then flew across the street not to be seen again. 6 to 8 warblers spent time in some yard shrubbery. Doreen felt that they were all YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS [Paruline √† croupion jaune]. In late afternoon a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER [Gobemoucheron gris-bleu] spent time hawking insects in a maple tree near her home. Doreen noted that there seemed to be a real movement of birds on Monday. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD [Carouge √† √©paulettes], MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste], SONG SPARROWS [Bruant chanteur] and several WOODPECKERS dropped by her feeder yard area that had not been seen in some time.

** A condition called “angel wing” is a condition that Canada geese can get where the wrist joint of the wing is inverted and the underside of the wing is visible. This is a defect that an affected bird is born with and they are unable to fly. Pam Novak at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute reports that they get these birds sent to them however I have never seen one in the wild, only at the AWI facility. Georges Brun photographed a CANADA GOOSE [Bernache du Canada] behind the Pennington’s store location, on the bank of the Petitcodiac River, on October 21 with a wing problem. It swam across to the Riverview Marsh. There are coyotes and foxes there so I expect nature will take its course. Pam Novak looked at the photo and felt that it was not the angel wing condition and probably this bird was hit or encountered a utility wire.

** Spider webs make very pleasant photographic material especially when dew coated. Krista Doyle captured a photo of just that at her Lewis Mountain yard complete with fall colored leaves and autumn fruit hanging.

** We have several hawkweed species in New Brunswick but the introduced WALL HAWKWEED is one with a very distinctive leaf shape that is readily identified with its ‘bow tie’ base. This hawkweed species has a very limited distribution in New Brunswick, but is present at the Caledonia Gorge Protected National Area where todays attached photo was taken. Many of the hawkweeds are still showing their yellow, dandelion-like flowers which must be very welcome to late flying nectar connoisseurs.

** COMMON SPEEDWELL is a common wild plant in New Brunswick and is one of 8 to 10 speedwell species that can be found in New Brunswick. A photo is attached from the Caledonia Gorge visit that shows the seed stalk. All speedwells produce this heart-shaped style of seed. There is one mustard species that also produces a heart-shaped seed but it is the only one mustard to do so. The take home message is seeing these heart-shaped seeds and opposite arranged leaves is almost always a speedwell. 

** As a heads up, there will be a presentation at Nature Sussex next Monday night that will undoubtedly be very interesting. Details are attached below. 

Nature Sussex will host Bob Osborne of Corn Hill Nurseries as our guest
speaker at the November meeting.  Bob’s topic will be “The Oddities of
Native Trees”

The meeting is open to everyone so come and bring a friend.

Location St. Mark's Parish Hall, 4 Needle Street, Sussex Corner

Date: Monday, 28 October 2019

Time: 7 pm.

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton