Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Jan 21 2020

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, January 21, 2020 (Tuesday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: david.cannon@rogers.com
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** The January meeting of Nature Moncton will take place tonight, Tuesday, January 21st, at the Mapleton Rotary Lodge, with the annual Members’ Night. Members are asked to share nature events they have experienced, in short vignette style. If you have an item to present, please advise President Gordon Rattray, at gordonr@nbnet.nb.ca , so that he can schedule the evening.
At the moment, Adam Cheeseman from Nature New Brunswick will update on the nearby Protected Natural Area, Caledonia Gorge. 

Nelson Poirier will outline the planned itinerary for the Nature Moncton project “Petitcodiac River Appreciation Day,” coming up on April 4th.

Brian Stone will give a nature photo show from the past year, and Gordon Rattray will do the same.

In the second half, President Gordon plans to work the group for comments on things that caught their attention over the year.
It should be a very interesting evening, with a variety of topics.

** It is nice to hear that PURPLE FINCH [Roselin pourpré] are starting to show up in numbers, as they often do at feeder yards as the days lengthen in late January and February. Doreen Rossiter had 15 Purple Finch arrive in her Alma feeder yard on Monday, of mixed gender - bearing in mind that the males don’t take on their adult plumage colours until their second Fall of life. Also her WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS [Bruant à gorge blanche] jumped to 7 whereas a few days ago there were only 2 in Doreen’s yard.
**  Gordon Rattray comments on bird activity at his Weldon feeder yard; the PINE WARBLER [Paruline des pins] continues to be a regular - it is going to white millet and a suet blend. He also has a high number of AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune], with 40-60 at a time. However one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW [Bruant hudsonien] arrived for the first time this season on Monday, with a lone DARK-EYED JUNKO [Junco ardoisé] dropping by on Sunday. Gordon has several woodpeckers, but no sign of the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER [Pic à ventre roux] he had as a regular last winter.
** Brian Stone took a long walk through Mapleton Park in the beautiful sunshine on Monday. The fresh snow made for beautiful scenery but other activity was quiet except for small rodent trails in the fresh snow, and all the ducks still there - only more of them now.

** So far we are having an easy winter in the Moncton area, but that sure could change fast, although the forecast for the next several days is all good. It is all a bit unusual for Moncton with one-third of Winter officially over as of January the 20th. The Spring Equinox this year will be on March 20th and there are many examples of wildlife having Spring thoughts on their minds as the days are beginning to noticeably lengthen. Let’s not say that too loudly, but things are looking good!


Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton




PINE WARBLER. JAN 19, 2020. GORDON RATTRAY

MAPLETON PARK. JAN. 20, 2019.. BRIAN STONE

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. JAN 20, 2020. GORDON RATTRAY

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. JAN 20, 2020. GORDON RATTRAY

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. JAN 20, 2020. GORDON RATTRAY

DARK-EYED JUNCO (MALE).  JAN 20, 2020. GORDON RATTRAY

DUCKS AT MAPLETON PARK. JAN. 20, 2020. BRIAN STONE