Thursday, 4 June 2020

June 4 2020

 NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, June 04, 2020 (Thursday)

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com
Transcript by: Brian Stone bjpstone@gmail.com
Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)


** It is so great to hear EASTERN BLUEBIRD [Merlebleu de l'Est] reports. Bob Grant in Cape Spear, near Tormentine, had a pair arrive to his yard on June 1st and they immediately began gathering pine needles to begin housekeeping in the same box that they did last year. Another lucky landlord!

** Germaine Girouard got a photo of an adult male INDIGO BUNTING [Passerin indigo] in her Shediac Bridge yard on May 31st –June 1 in company with a CHIPPING SPARROW [Bruant familier] for a nice size comparison and a male MALLARD DUCK [Canard colvert] that was looking on. Thanks to Atilla Fust for forwarding Germaine’s nice yard visitor.

** The PINK LADY’S SLIPPER is one of the first Lady’s Slippers to bloom. Aldo Dorio photographed one at Hay Island on June 3rd as well as a female NORTHERN PARULA [Paruline à collier] warbler.
Aldo also photographed 2 very fresh appearing LUNA MOTHS at Hay Island. The large beautiful Giant Silk Moths are starting to appear and are always show stoppers. A nice adult AMERICAN REDSTART also posed on Thursday morning for Aldo

** Roger Burrows presents an interesting slant to the Red-winged Blackbirds trying to pull the tail feathers of Sterling Marsh’s Ring-necked Pheasant. Roger comments that he has seen blackbirds doing that before and wonders if they are after feathers for nest building. If so they sure seem to prefer them fresh!

** Brian Stone got several photos of a MALLARD DUCK [Canard colvert] hen with her family around her. I am including several of Brian’s photos as they are real ‘eye candy’. They were in Hall’s Creek at the Gorge Rd.
Butterflies flying spotted were SILVERY BLUE and MOURNING CLOAK.

** I am pleased to have a birth announcement on Wednesday. Two of the 11 BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY [Papillon du céleri] chrysalids have split to have 2 beautiful adult butterflies emerge. They sure are striking when so freshly emerged. They both have flown off seemingly to be direct on their mission. I expect the other 9 to emerge over the next few days and be on their way as well.

I am attaching photos of them wings up and wings down as well as the chrysalis that one came from very smoothly split to allow such a seemingly large critter to emerge. I am also attaching a photo of the nursery cage of mesh with a zipper opening. The stalks with the chrysalids were held upright in the base with the use of a styrofoam block and all was left outside all winter. Most of chrysalids compliments of Marguerite Winsor’s celery patch.


Nelson Poirier,
Nature Moncton




INDIGO BUNTING (ADULT MALE). JUNE 1, 2020. GERMAINE GIROUARD

INDIGO BUNTING (ADULT MALE), CHIPPING SPARROW, AND MALLARD DUCK. JUNE 1, 2020. GERMAINE GIROUARDa

LUNA MOTHS. JUNE 4, 2020.  ALDO DORIO

LUNA MOTHS. JUNE 4, 2020.  ALDO DORIO

AMERICAN REDSTART (ADULT MALE). JUNE 4, 2020. ALDO DORIO

NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER. JUNE 3, 2020. ALDO DORIO

PINK LADY'S-SLIPPER. JUNE 3, 2020. ALDO DORIO

SILVERY BLUE BUTTERFLY. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLY. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

MALLARD DUCK FAMILY. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

MALLARD DUCK FAMILY. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

MALLARD DUCKLING. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

MALLARD DUCK FAMILY. JUNE 03, 2020. BRIAN STONE

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY. JUNE 3, 2020.  NELSON POIRIER

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY. JUNE 3, 2020.  NELSON POIRIER

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY. JUNE 3, 2020.  NELSON POIRIER

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY EMPTIED CHRYSALIS. JUNE 3, 2020. NELSON POIRIER


BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY EMPTIED CHRYSALIS. JUNE 3, 2020. NELSON POIRIER

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY OVERWINTER NURSERY. JUNE 3, 2020. NELSON POIRIER