NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, November 18, 2020 (Wednesday)
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** A big thank you to Johnathan Cormier for sharing his knowledge of Coyotes of New Brunswick with us on Tuesday evening. He surely made us understand this member of Mother Nature’s community a lot better and respect them as we do other wildlife. Unfortunately there was not permission to record this presentation from the Fish and Wildlife branch and I’m not sure if those who joined late were able to get in.
** In recent years we are seeing more Eurasian Wigeons in New Brunswick with the male easy to differentiate from the male American Wigeon, however that is not the case with the females where American Wigeon females and Eurasian Wigeon females are very similar. That query comes up fairly regularly if a female wigeon may potentially be a Eurasian Wigeon or not as we would have to assume that there are some females indeed out there.
Richard Blacquiere has been noting a duck at the Hampton lagoon for the last few days and on Monday morning it finally cooperated for some photographs. The cinnamon brown head, the grayish tones to the back and sides of the breast, and grayish underneath the wings (auxiliaries) all point to a female Eurasian Wigeon. It also appeared slightly smaller when next to an American Wigeon. There is scant documentary evidence for females in New Brunswick so it is something to watch for when encountering a flock of wigeons.
** Grant Ramsey spotted a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS [Harle couronné] on the pond at Royal Oaks golf course on Tuesday. He comments that they were really not in a posing for photographs mood but he did get some photos showing the male already in bright breeding plumage ready for what may seem like a long way away … spring!
** Daryl Doucet was disappointed that the male NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge] on Sunday did not return on Monday but that all changed on Tuesday when it returned and brought a female with it. It is indeed notable the number of pairs that are showing up. Daryl comments that his cardinal patrons seem to slip in near dusk. His feeders were very active on Tuesday with the 2 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS [Carouge à épaulettes] from an earlier edition still there as well as a good number of EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant].
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