Thursday, 20 February 2020

Feb 20 2020

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, February 20, 2020 (Thursday)

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Transcript by: Brian Stone bjpstone@gmail.com
Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)


** Anna Tucker was in the Amherst area not far from the Nova Scotia Tourist Bureau to see several SNOW BUNTINGS [Bruant des neiges] perched on wires and trees. They appeared to be taking on the beginnings of breeding plumage, showing much more striking contrast of black and white. For some reason there seems to be a lot more Snow Bunting reports, possibly just because we are noticing them.

** Dale Gaskin got a photo of a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL [Bec-croisé bifascié] with severe malalignment of the crossed bill that caused it to overgrow. The bills of birds grow continually and are kept filed down by foraging to keep them properly aligned. Dale Gaskin got a photo of a Crossbill with a maligned bill that allowed it to dramatically overgrow. Dale showed the photo to Alain Clavette. Alain does a weekly show on CBC Radio at 4:40 pm each Friday. This Friday, February the 21st, Alain will do an interview with a specialist in keratin disorders in birds, Dr. Caroline Van Hemert with the Fish and Wildlife Division in Juneau, Alaska that resulted from Alain’s sleuthing effort on what happened to the White-winged Crossbill that Dale found. If you are not able to listen to this on Friday it will come up on the internet under CBC Podcasts under “Shift NB Bird Talk”. Many of Alain’s CBC commentaries are there to peruse as well.


Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton




SNOW BUNTINGS. FEB 18, 2020.  ANNA TUCKER

SNOW BUNTINGS. FEB 18, 2020.  ANNA TUCKER

SNOW BUNTING. FEB 18, 2020.  ANNA TUCKER