Saturday, 1 February 2020

Feb 1 2020

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 1 February 2020 (Saturday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: Catherine Clements
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**Louise Nichols visited a feeder yard in the Memramcook area that is still getting EASTERN BLUEBIRDS [Merlebleu de l'Est] on a daily basis coming to a delicious blend of lard and peanut butter with cricket powder mixed in. Louise got some awesome photographs of the birds enjoying their haute cuisine. The Eastern Bluebird is a hardy bird, so it’s not a big surprise they’re staying around. Most do migrate south all right, but not far, that being the reason why we sometimes see them arriving back very early in the spring.

**For some bird feeder yards, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS [Bruant hudsonien] have been notably lower in number than usual, possibly still using wild food sources. Daryl Doucet was quite content to have his first American Tree Sparrow show up on Thursday. However, Daryl lives near Mapleton Park, so maybe they are foraging there.

**In follow-up to a suggestion by Jim Wilson, Jamie Burris and I erected 8 Nature Moncton Swallow [Hirondelle] boxes in strategic areas in the Riverview area on Friday, where the two CAROLINA WRENS [Troglodyte de Caroline] seem to be circulating a wide territory sampling feeder yards that have put out suet blends. We heard the male very loudly singing but it promptly stopped when we tried to audiotape it. Many have reported hearing them loudly vocalizing, assumedly mostly the loud male, as well as a much less boisterous assumed female. I’m attaching a few photos of the house-raising effort, and would very much recommend Jamie Burris as a helper – in fact, he did most of the real work!. All thanks to Fred (“The Builder”) Richards who built the nest boxes.

**Bob Blake maintains daily records on morning temperatures, daily high temperatures, and monthly precipitation from his Second North River home. Bob forwards a table comparing January 2019 with January 2020. There was a lot more snow on the ground in 2019, but temperatures seem similar. Note the precipitation of 106 for 2019 versus 68 for 2020. Winter has been kind to us so far, but there could be surprises yet to take place. Bob’s table as he sent it is attached below.


2019
2020
morning temperatures
daily highs and snow fall/rainfall
morning temperatures
daily highs and snowfall/rainfall
-23-1 day
-21-1
-20-2
-19-1
-17-1
-16-3
-14-3
-13-2
-12-3
-8-1
-7-3
-6-3
-1-3
0-2
+1-1
+3-1


Hi’s
 -14-1
-12-3
-10-2
-9-2
-8-3
-7-1
-6-3
-4-2
-3-1
-2-1
-1-1
+1-3
+2-5
+8-2
92 cms. snow
14 mms.rain
-21-1
-19-1
-17-1
-14-2
-12-3
-9-2
-8-3
-7-3
-6-2
-5-4
-4-1
-2-1
-1-3
0-3
+4-1

Hi’s
-14-1
-12-1
-11-1
-7-2
-6-1
-5-2
-4-8
-2-5
-1-4
+2-3
+4-1
+9-1
58 cms. snow
10 mms. rain



Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton

EASTERN BLUEBIRD  MALE. JAN. 31, 2020. LOUISE NICHOLS

EASTERN BLUEBIRD FEMALE AND MALE. JAN. 31, 2020. LOUISE NICHOLS

EASTERN BLUEBIRD FEMALE . JAN. 31, 2020. LOUISE NICHOLS

EASTERN BLUEBIRD  MALE. JAN. 31, 2020. LOUISE NICHOLS

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. JAN 31, 2020.  DARYL DOUCET

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. JAN 31, 2020.  DARYL DOUCET

CAROLINA WREN (POTENTIAL SUMMER COTTAGE). JAN 31, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

CAROLINA WREN (POTENTIAL SUMMER COTTAGE). JAN 31, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

CAROLINA WREN (POTENTIAL SUMMER COTTAGE). JAN 31, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

CAROLINA WREN (POTENTIAL SUMMER COTTAGE). JAN 31, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

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