NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 21 November 2020 (Saturday)
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**Peter Gadd in Miramichi comments it is hard to get a sense of just how many NORTERN CARDINALS there are in northeast NB at the moment. There seem to be many reports. Deana has seen that there are many reports (via eBird) along the Gaspé coast and the north shore of the St Lawrence even as far as Havre St. Pierre, north of Anticosti Island. On Friday, the Gadd's had 6 Northern Cardinals at their feeder yard, 3 male and 3 female! We often get Northern Cardinals show up at this time of year but not in the numbers we are seeing this year. Are we being to optimistic to call it a fallout!
The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that dropped in on the Gadds feeder yard sporadically earlier is now a regular. When a Red-bellied Woodpecker chooses a winter feeder yard, it can become very faithful. It is enjoying black oil sunflower seeds as well as peanuts and it seems to be stashing seeds in nearby tree bark. They have been fortunate to have PINE GROSBEAKS this week as well. There was a flock of 70 COMMON REDPOLLS at Miramichi Marsh enjoying Grey Birch catkins on Friday as well as a MERLIN which surprisingly paid little attention to the flock of redpolls.
The winter bird feeding season continues to look better and better!
**Clarence Cormier reports that he had a flock of 15 PINE GROSBEAKS [Durbec des sapins] along his lane on Thursday in Grande-Digue, as well as a flock of 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS [Gros-bec errant]. He has 10 BLUE JAYS [Geai bleu], which he finds higher than other years, but a portion of Blue Jays do migrate, so that may reduce soon.
**Brian Stone tried again on Friday to get photos of the female EURASIAN WIGEON [Canard siffleur] that Richard Blacquiere found at the Hampton lagoon. It continued to be present but forecasted sun did not show for good photos.
As always, Brian noted other things. A MUSKRAT [Rat musqué] did a swim-by. He got some closer photos of the seemingly untouched COMMON BARBERRY [Épine-vinette] berries. We have two barberry species in New Brunswick: Common and JAPANESE [Épine-vinette du Japon]. The Common Barberry is the intermediate host of WHEAT RUST FUNGUS [Rouille jaune], so it is problematic around wheat-growing areas. Common Barberry has a serrated leaf edge, while Japanese has an entire leaf, and Common Barberry also has a three-barbed spine. There is a lot of barberry on Route 114 in Albert County, but I’m not sure of the species. Brian also photographed a RED-BELTED POLYPORE MUSHROOM [Polypore pinicole]. The outer edge is not red yet, as it is new growth. BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche] were keeping an eye over the area. Brian also photographed groups of SHOVELER ducks [Canard souchet] showing plumage that suggests the males are still moving out of eclipse plumage and/or these are immature males. I noted the same scenario at Arthur Street lagoon in Memramcook last week.