NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, March 23, 2020 (Monday)
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Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
** John Inman had a leucistic RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD [Carouge à épaulettes] arrive in his Mary’s Point Road feeder yard on Sunday morning that surely stands out among its kin. John got a photo of the bird beside a normally plumaged female. Female Red-winged Blackbirds usually arrive significantly later than the adult males and first-year males, so this would be an early arrived female.
** The GREAT HORNED OWL(s) [Grand-duc d’Amérique] that folks have been hearing in the former Gunningsville area of Riverview is continuing. Jane Wood’s sister actually saw the owl in a large tree in their yard late Sunday afternoon. With this owl being heard for some time now, it is very apt to be a pair on territory with a possible nest in or very near a residential area with a female incubating.
Also, we have not been hearing much on the CAROLINA WRENS [Troglodyte de Caroline], if they are still in Riverview. However, Jane did see one feeding on suet in her yard for a short period last weekend and took some seeds on the ground. The one she saw had taken on an eye-catching rust colour, in contrast to the winter brown. I hope that surveillance is being kept on the 9 nest boxes in that area for any sign of interest.
** Daryl Doucet enjoyed watching a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS [Harle couronné] under the Shediac River Bridge, adjacent to the Chez Léo location on Sunday. They have been in that area for almost a week. There is still a relatively small area of open water at that location. A female COMMON MERGANSER [Grand Harle] was joining them and Daryl got a photo of one in a stiff breeze showing that it was a ‘bad hair day’.
** Aldo Dorio had a male DARK-EYED JUNCO [Junco ardoisé], looking sharp in its dark gray business suit, surveying his Néguac yard on Sunday. There is more of a tendency for some of the males of this species to overwinter with us, however the big wave of them should be arriving any time now.
Nelson Poirier <firstname.lastname@example.org
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (LEUCISTIC). MARCH 22, 2020. JOHN INMAN
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (LEUCISTIC) AND RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (FEMALE). MARCH 22, 2020. JOHN INMAN
HOODED MERGANSER (PAIR). MARCH 22, 2020. DARYL DOUCET
HOODED MERGANSER (MALE). MARCH 22, 2020. DARYL DOUCET
HOODED MERGANSER (PAIR) AND COMMON MERGANSER (FEMALE). MARCH 22, 2020. DARYL DOUCET
COMMON MERGANSER (FEMALE). MARCH 22, 2020. DARYL DOUCET
DARK-EYED JUNCO (MALE). MARCH 22, 2020. ALDO DORIO