Monday, 24 February 2020

Feb 24 2020

 NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, February 24, 2020 (Monday) 


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Edited by Nelson Poirier, nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by David Christie, maryspt@mac.com
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** Yves Poussart, took part, together with three other members of les Amies de la Nature, on Friday, Feb. 21, in the weekly birding tour organized by Rose-Alma Mallet. This tour, between Riverview and Waterside, began with a survey of the area around Court Street in Riverview, to try to find the pair reported a few days earlier of CAROLINA WRENS [Troglodyte de Caroline]. They were successful and a few awesome photos are attached. Note the clearly photographed winter buds of the Cedar Tree. The winter buds of all out trees in winter are unique to that species and the trees can be identified by examining the buds if other identifiable clues are not present.

Later that day, another special moment happened while exploring the Albert Mines Road, south of Hillsborough, when they saw and photographed RED CROSSBILLS [Becs-croisé des sapins] and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS [Becs-croisé bifascié]. The group also saw many PINE SISKINS [Tarin des pins] in several locations along the way.

A pair of BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche] was sitting in a big tree, which is close to the dam at Harvey. A total of 34 species were seen during this tour. Note the photo of the eagles which shows one that is larger, which would be the female of the pair.


** Louise Nichols reports that the BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES [Mésange à tête noire] were singing up a storm in her yard Sunday morning. One was seriously checking out one of the Nature Moncton swallow boxes, even going inside a couple of times. The swallows had better hurry back or the real estate may be gone!


** Steve Berube’s dog decided it needed to go outside at 5:30 a.m., but a value-added bonus was waiting. Steve clearly heard one of the GREAT HORNED OWLS [Grand-duc d’Amérique] calling that several folks in the Court Street and surrounding area of Riverview have been hearing for approximately a month. They have obviously established a territory in the area and house-keeping must be underway, or nearly so.


** Brian Stone got a few photos showing the constellation ORION [Orion] and some of the stars within this constellation. This shows the astronomy that can be captured from a cell phone when you know a few tricks about its use. Brian labelled the ones that show on the screen and are part of Orion. Most of we neophytes are familiar with the 3 stars of Orion’s belt but there are other named stars we can easily see near it (some actually part of it) to make a clear night sky very interesting to peruse in an audience with Orion.



Nelson Poirier   nelsonpoirier435@gmail
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CAROLINA WREN. FEB 21, 2020.  YVES POUSSART

CAROLINA WREN. FEB 21, 2020.  YVES POUSSART

RED CROSSBILL. FEB 21, 2020.  YVES POUSSART
RED CROSSBILL. FEB 21, 2020.  YVES POUSSART

PINE SISKINS. FEB 21, 2020. YVES POUSSART

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE. FEB. 23, 2020. LOUISE NICHOLS

BALD EAGLE (PAIR). FEB 21, 2020. YVES POUSSART

ORION. FEB. 20, 2020. BRIAN STONE

ORION. FEB. 20, 2020. BRIAN STONE

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