NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, September 15, 2020 (Tuesday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
** Gordon Rattray made a trip to Gray Brook Marsh on Monday and found it teeming with birds. The duck population was 200+, with the majority MALLARD [Canard colvert] and BLACK [Canard noir] DUCKS but with several others mixed in. He set up his camera at the top end, where many mud flats were exposed and got some great photos of various ducks and shorebirds that are attached. A BELTED KINGFISHER [Martin-pêcheur d'Amérique] was present and a GREAT BLUE HERON [Grand Héron] dropped by as he was putting his camera in the car.
** Louise Nichols got a nature interaction on her trail camera in a wooded area near their Aulac home with four short video clips. It shows a SNOWSHOE HARE [Lièvre d’Amérique] being watched by some glowing eyes that turns out to be a BOBCAT [Lynx roux]. In one frame, if the sound is turned up, Snowshoe Hare vocalizing can be heard, to suggest it either got a major scare or became Bobcat prey. Take a look at the action at the links below.
** Stella LeBlanc got some nice photos of a juvenile EASTERN PHOEBE [Moucherolle phébi] in their Bouctouche yard. You can still see pin feathers around the head area, some fluffy white natal down feathers, and a quite-yellow breast area that suggest a young-of-the-year bird. This must have been from a second or possibly a third nesting of the season as the Eastern Phoebe is one of our first FLYCATCHERS to arrive in the spring and get an early start.
**Georges Brun is almost certain that the attached photo is a Black-Crowned Night Heron. It was low in the Petitcodiac River just on the backside of Chateau Moncton on Monday. He tried everything in the book to get a good image but too dark and river conditions not adequate for time of day! The bird was probably on its migratory route south from the nesting colony near Lameque. It is a great time to watch for this species passing through.
**Brian Stone found a small mushroom growing in one of their potted plants Tuesday morning. It came up fast, just in the last two days. It's just 3.5 cm. today. It appears to be the WOOLY-STALKED COPRINUS (Coprinus lagopus) and got nice attached photos.
** Several of us visited a burn-over Mike Plourde had first alerted us to, on the South Cains River Road near Blackville, to get an audience with the numerous BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS [Pic à dos noir] that had assembled there. Pam Watters and Phil Riebel visited on September 11th and noted a particular mushroom growing there that was new to most of us. The rest of us that visited the site obviously spent too much time looking up and did not notice this mushroom growing quite prolifically. Pam Watters found one that matched it in her mushroom guide and it is now agreed that she was spot on and it was CRUSTLIKE CUP (Rhizina Undulada) [Rhizine ondulée]. There seems to be few if any reports of this in New Brunswick, but probably it has been present in the burn-over areas it prefers, and has been over-looked. Phil got some excellent photos from different angles and are attached today. Specimens are being saved as the New Brunswick Museum reports it has no collections of this species in its herbarium. The guide suggests this mushroom species grows the year after a burn-over. These specimens did not read that guide as this burn took place in June of 2020.