NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 4 July 2020 (Saturday)
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Edited by: Nelson Poirier email@example.com
Transcript by: Catherine Clements
Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
**Georges Brun got a better phots of the nest box atop the Assumption building with two PEREGRINE FALCON [Faucon pèlerin] nestlings standing tall (maybe for Canada Day!). On June 27th, Georges got a short glimpse of approximately 50 COMMON EIDER [Eider à duvet] near the bend of the Petitcodiac River. With a little luck he got a photograph of a dozen rafting upriver after Bore arrival on June 28th. Some of the group are still in male breeding plumage, while others may be young of the year, females, or others starting to head into eclipse plumage.
**Mac Wilmot continues to enjoy the GREAT HORNED OWL [Grand-duc d'Amérique] family that nested in his Lower Coverdale yard earlier in the season and seem to be lingering in the area. Mac had one watch him as he picked strawberries on Friday, to offer some nice photographs.
**Gordon Rattray contributes a few more photos from July 1st outing, to include the plants VIPER'S BUGLOSS [Vipérine] and CHICORY [Chicorée]. The root of the Chicory plant has been used as a coffee substitute. Gordon also got a LEAST SKIPPER [Hespérie délicate]. This is one of our common Skippers that seem to have a long season. Note the lack of markings on the hindwing and the thick black border to parts of the forewing. He also got a female TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER DRAGONFLY [la Gracieuse] and a DUSKY CLUBTAIL DRAGONFLY [Gomphe pointu].
**Gordon Rattray shows a photo of a Sugar Maple leaf with galls affecting it. Doug Hiltz from the Maritime College of Forest Technology offers comments and am paraphrasing Doug’s comments below
“The red masses are indeed associated with the galls you see. Some species of gall mites cause thousands of tiny hairs to grow on a leaf surface is a kind of protective covering for the feeding mites. These appear as fuzzy felt like patches. Doug does not identify the species of mite as there are several hundred different species. He comments he has seen patches like this on Sugar Maple.”
**Aldo Dorio continues to see SHORT-TAILED SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLIES [Papillon queue-courte] at Hay Island. The two he photographed on Friday are showing signs of wear, so their early flight period may be subsiding. However, there is a partial second brood in August to early September. The global range of this species is restricted to areas surrounding the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
**Leigh Eaton got a photo of a NORTHERN CRESCENT BUTTERFLY [Croissant nordique] on Friday in his home flower garden that surely complements the flower it has chosen to nectar on.
**Brian Stone got a long-distance photo of a BROAD-WINGED HAWK [Petite Buse] flying high over his Moncton yard on Friday. It shows the broad tail bands and the dark on the trailing edge of the wing.
**Like many, I have been watching my Milkweed [Herbe à coton] patch for MONARCH BUTTERFLY [Monarque] visitors and doing egg searches. I did find a white egg on Friday, Monarch egg size but not the right shape. It was very round, and more white than the photo shows. I put the egg aside in an attempt to see what it may develop into.