Saturday, 21 December 2019

Dec 20 2019


NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 21 December 2019 (Saturday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: Catherine Clements
Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)



**Louise Nichols was driving along Etter Ridge Road on Friday morning and saw a flock of approximately 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS [Jaseur d'Amérique] (no BOHEMIANS [Jaseur boréal] with them) in the trees. They descended on a Mountain-ash tree [Sorbier des oiseaux] and started feeding on the berries. Just down the road at the intersection of Etter Ridge Road with Point de Bute, she saw a MERLIN [Faucon émerillon] up in a tree, but it didn’t tarry long enough for a photo. On her way back, also while driving on Etter Ridge, she saw a faint rainbow in the sky, but not on a day she would expect to see a rainbow. It was in the northwest sky, basically opposite the sun that was rising in the southeast. She stopped and took a photo before it faded away. Rainbows always form in opposition to the sun, that is to say, the sun at your back, in morning or afternoon.

**Karen and Jamie Burris noted behaviour that they had not noted before on Friday, when they observed a NORTHERN HARRIER [Busard Saint-Martin] shadowing a mature BALD EAGLE [Pygargue à tête blanche]. They pulled off the road at the Jones farm on Coverdale Road and watched it for three minutes. As the Eagle would circle, the Harrier would follow it, approximately 500 feet above. Jamie also has a regular SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] patron, and it was visiting their Riverview yard with 14 MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste] on Friday.

**Jane LeBlanc’s Mountain-ash [Sorbier des oiseaux] berry-laden trees in her St. Martins yard are proving very popular with the local RUFFED GROUSE [Gélinotte huppée]. There are now three feasting on a regular basis and giving nice photo ops.

Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton



RUFFED GROUSE. DEC. 20, 2019. JANE LEBLANC

CEDAR WAXWING . DEC. 20, 2019. LOUISE NICHOLS

CEDAR WAXWING . DEC. 20, 2019. LOUISE NICHOLS

CEDAR WAXWING . DEC. 20, 2019. LOUISE NICHOLS

SONG SPARROW DEC 13 2019 JAMIE BURRIS

RAINBOW. DEC. 20, 2019. LOUISE NICHOLS