Wednesday, 13 May 2020

May 13 2020

 NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: Brian Stone bjpstone@gmail.com
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** Rick Elliot got a photo of a rare to New Brunswick TOWNSEND'S WARBLER [Paruline de Townsend] at his Waterside property on Tuesday. It was traveling with a group of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS [Paruline à croupion jaune] and PALM WARBLERS [Paruline à couronne rousse]. He comments that they were moving quite quickly and could be hard to relocate and felt very fortunate to get 2 documentary photos. Many of us will well recall the Townsend’s Warbler that Jim Wilson found in Fundy National Park several years ago. This was in the fall and it did stay in the area for several days. Spring could be a very different scenario, but at least we will know that one visited for a record even if it cannot be relocated.

** Sybil Wentzel had a BLUE-HEADED VIREO [Viréo à tête bleue] briefly drop by her Harvey, Albert Co., yard on Monday. Also an EASTERN PHOEBE [Moucherolle phébi] was nearby and likely nesting in the area. The BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER [Paruline bleue] cited in yesterday’s edition continued to feed on orange slices all through the day on Monday. Sybil comments that he will very likely vary his diet and return to insect foraging since it has become a bit milder. She noticed a few good hatch of insects later on Monday. Sybil’s Blue-headed Vireo photos clearly show the white spectacles of this bird.

** Ewan Dobson has a keen interest in tallying the number of different species of birds he has been able to hand feed. He started the list in 2018 and on Monday he had number 22 land on his hand to feed. That amazing list is attached below.
1) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2) Black-capped Chickadee
3) Red-breasted Nuthatch
4) Blue Jay
5) American Goldfinch
6) Evening Grosbeak
7) Hairy Woodpecker
8) Downy Woodpecker
9) Red Squirrel
10) Pine Siskin
11) Common Redpoll
12) Pine Grosbeak
13) White-Breasted Nuthatch
14) Purple Finch
15) Pine Warbler
16) Scarlet Tanager (female)
17) Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female first, then male)
18) Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
19) Common Grackle
20) Dark-Eyed Junco
21) European Starling
22) Chipping Sparrow
23) Yellow-rumped Warbler

 He has videos of birds hand feeding and shares them on his YouTube channel at the attached link. Ewan shares some photos from the last few months … very interesting.

Ewan is located in the Fredericton and Woodstock area of New Brunswick. He poses the query if there is any world record of hand feeding wild birds out there. Any comments would be appreciated. Ewan would be interested in exchanging information with folks with the same passion. Ewan can be reached through his website at http://www.ewandobson.com

** Susan Richards sends a photo of a suspected pair of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS [Paruline à croupion jaune]. They arrived on Tuesday to feed on the peanut butter and lard mix that Susan and Fred have been feeding some EASTERN BLUEBIRDS [Merlebleu de l'Est] with all winter. Just after Susan took the photo 2 more Yellow-rumped Warblers arrived to the booty.

** Fredericton got the recent snowfall as did most of New Brunswick and early spring emerging plants seemed to handle the insult well. Bev Schneider shares a photo of what an emerging Purple Trillium looked like on Mother’s Day, May 10th, in her yard. The 10 cm of snow that covered the ground on Sunday was mostly a bad memory on Monday with Dandelions blooming as Bev comments.

** We had our first of the year male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK [Cardinal à poitrine rose] arrive on Tuesday to our yard to head right for the sunflower hearts. Seeing this bird arrive to the yard is always a pleasant spring happening.    


Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton




TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. MAY 12, 2020.  RICK ELLIOT

TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. MAY 12, 2020.  RICK ELLIOT

BLUE-HEADED VIREO. MAY 11, 2020. SYBIL WENTZELL

BLUE-HEADED VIREO. MAY 11, 2020. SYBIL WENTZELL

EASTERN PHOEBE. MAY 11, 2020.  SYBIL WENTZELL

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (MALE). MAY 12, 2020. NELSON POIRIER

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (MALE). MAY 12, 2020. NELSON POIRIER

PURPLE TRILLIUM. MAY 11, 2020. BEV SCHNEIDER

CHIPPING SPARROWS. (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON

HAIRY WOODPECKERS (HAND FEEDING) .EWAN DOBSON

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (HAND FEEDING) .EWAN DOBSON
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON

EUROPEAN STARLINGS. (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON

DARK-EYED JUNCO (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON

COMMON GRACKLE (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON

BLUE JAY (HAND FEEDING). EWAN DOBSON