NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, Sept. 13, 2020 (Sunday)
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** When checking out the lagoon ponds at Cap Pelé on Saturday, Jim Carroll noted a white shape moving at a considerable distance. When zoomed in on it, it was recognizable as a WHITE-TAILED DEER [Cerf de Virginie]. As the wind was blowing with them toward him, Jim was able to close the distance and wait for their approach. The two deer approached to about 60 m. One animal is very pie-bald, very predominantly white, and a striking animal. The other animal appears to have some limited white areas as well. A very interesting duo!
** OYSTER MUSHROOMS can pop up in the middle of the City as Maurice Richard’s photo shows. Some are growing out of reach on a mature maple tree on Givan Drive in Moncton. This mushroom is edible. I personally don’t find it choice, but many do. It always grows shelf-like from trees. We seem to be heading into another dry period, so ground mushrooms may not flourish for a bit, but those that get their moisture from trees may appear at almost any time, especially late summer and fall.
** Jane LeBlanc photographed what appears to be a HEMLOCK LOOPER MOTH day-resting. It’s a bit stretched out to what it normally appears, but I suspect it’s that species. Jane had a visit from a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD [Colibri à gorge rubis] on Saturday morning to her St. Martins yard. Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have already filed flight plans south, but adult males seem to have left later than usual this year.
** Aldo Dorio got a photo of a MOURNING CLOAK [Morio] butterfly on Saturday. It looks fairly fresh. There is a possibility this butterfly will overwinter just as it is. This is one of our small handful of butterflies that overwinter as the adult in NB and are ready to boogie with the first warm days of spring. An incredible system of antifreeze.
Aldo also sends a photo of a DARK-EYED JUNCO [Junco ardoisé] that is suspected to be a female or a young-of-the-year bird. Gilles Belliveau points out the thick paler edges of the tertials may be more prominent in young birds or in very fresh plumage, but are also present in females. They are there in the slate-covered males as well, but not as noticeable. It’s one of those things that we will pick up in a still photo, but do not take note of in the field as this is such a common species.
** It is a popular time of year for some of our underwing moths to fly. Many are quite bland until their hind wings open and are visible; however, the ONCE-MARRIED UNDERWING MOTH does have many features when wings are closed, but are super striking when those flashy underwings appear. A photo is attached to show both fore and hind wings. It would be interesting to know the origin of the common name!
**Many have commented about an apparent lack of AMERICAN ROBINS around this year. I have noted a real surge of young immature birds in the areas I have been in of late. I wonder if they got off to a late start like so many things this season and making up for it now. A photo is attached.