NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, November 19, 2020 (Thursday)
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** Another northern bird reports in. Ian McCabe photographed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL [Chouette épervière] on Monday in the area locals refer to as Folkin’s Ridge in an area north of the Miramichi River near Boiestown. Ian actually photographed the owl on gated, J.D. Irving property that is not open to the public, however we can report that one is in that area. Northern Hawk Owls, when they appear in New Brunswick, sometimes will stay in one area the whole winter once they decide on a winter territory so it is one to watch for in that general area. Also look closely at Ian’s photo to give a recall on what to watch for as more may appear at this time.
** Pat Gibbs spotted a pair of WOOD DUCKS [Canard branchu] at Centennial Park around noon on Wednesday. They were the only ones in a flock of MALLARD DUCKS [Canard colvert]. Pat got a photo of the sharply dressed male.
** Kathy Popma reports on some nice activity at her feeder yard and in the Sackville area. At her feeder yard the regular visitors are there, PINE SISKINS [Tarin des pins], AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune], BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES [Mésange à tête noire], RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES [Sittelle à poitrine rousse], WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES [Sittelle à poitrine blanche], a male NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge], MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste], and BLUE JAYS [Geai bleu]. Flitting around the neighborhood are PINE GROSBEAKS [Durbec des sapins] and EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant]. On Tuesday, on the High Marsh Rd., Kathy saw her first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK [Buse pattue] of the season and a NORTHERN HARRIER [Busard des marais] plus 100 SNOW BUNTINGS [Bruant des neiges]. The large flock of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS [Pluvier argenté], AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS [Pluvier bronzé], and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS [Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée] that Gilles Belliveau discovered many weeks ago in the fields below Fort Beausejour near the Aboiteau seem to be hanging in there still.
** Leigh Eaton had a gathering of at least a dozen birds enjoying their buffet when they left abruptly except for one HAIRY WOODPECKER [Pic chevelu]. The woodpecker stayed absolutely motionless for several minutes with good reason. A hawk flew into a spruce tree next door that was not posing well for a photo in the tree cover. It does have features to suggest a Cooper’s Hawk. The motionlessness of the woodpecker likely saved its life as escape would have been difficult if not impossible. He has enjoyed visits on 2 different days recently from a half dozen EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant] to his Moncton yard.
** Gordon Rattray had his first visit from EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant] in 2 years arrive on Wednesday to his Weldon feeder yard. Expected regulars are visiting and a BROWN CREEPER [Grimpereau brun] is back after 10 days elsewhere. Gordon comments that cold weather usually brings his Brown Creepers in for a snack.
** Aldo Dorio got some photos of approximately 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS [Jaseur boréal] enjoying the pulp of apples that had dropped to the ground. This pulp was very likely dropped there by Pine Grosbeaks taking only the seeds and dropping the pulp. This will work well for the Bohemian Waxwings until a snow cover comes. American Robins would like these leftovers as well but there have not been widespread reports of robins overwintering as yet.
** Daryl Doucet had his pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS [Cardinal rouge] arrive right on their schedule of the last few days at 4:11 pm on Wednesday.
** At my own Moncton feeder yard it has been dripping with a beehive of activity from PINE SISKINS [Tarin des pins] and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES [Chardonneret jaune] with a few RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES [Sittelle à poitrine rousse], DOWNY WOODPECKERS [Pic mineur] and HAIRY WOODPECKERS [Pic chevelu], MOURNING DOVES [Tourterelle triste] and several HOUSE FINCHES [Roselin familier] but sparrows are at a premium still with 1 SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] and 1 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW [Bruant hudsonien]. It was a Pleasant surprise to have a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL [Bec-croisé bifascié] drop by the water tray on Wednesday morning. The water has become a real magnet. I am hoping for Cardinals and Evening Grosbeaks still and I am expecting lots more sparrow activity as the season cools and with the white fluff we all know that will arrive.
There have been comments on many outlets with no black-oil sunflower seeds available. For those who did not get the recent Nature Moncton delivery I noticed Wednesday that the Mountain Rd. Power Center Walmart location had a large stock of it that was on a pallet in the aisle, not with the wild bird supplies, and the price was reasonable.