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**Ray Gauvin got a photo of a lone HARP SEAL on an ice floe off Pointe-du-Chene wharf on Monday afternoon.
Dr. Jack Terhune viewed the photo and feels the pelage suggests it to be a young adult animal. He commented there have been several Harp Seal reports recently off the coast.
**Lori Joudrey comments she was feeling so badly earlier this week with Covid and the fuss in the United States, then received a photo from her daughter Genevieve that added a bright spot to her day. Genevieve lives on the 22nd floor of a condo building in central Vancouver. Two Hummingbirds visit her feeder year -round. The attached is the photo she got on the evening of January 7th. Laurie comments it gave her a hopeful warm feeling that she would like to share with others. British Columbia has several species of resident hummingbirds.
**Roger LeBlanc came to his house on Henry Street in Moncton on Monday night to find an AMERICAN CROW [Corneille d'Amérique] roost of approximately 2000 birds right in front of his house. I got a chance to hear the commotion over the telephone recording message!!
**Louise Nichols used the beautiful morning of Monday, for a drive to Route 935 to Slack’s Cove stopping at a few points along the way. She did not see anything unexpected but there were several SNOW BUNTING [Bruant des neiges] flocks at various coves, a group of approximately 30 RING-BILLED GULL [Goéland à bec cerclé] with some HERRING GULL [Goéland argenté] at Pecks Cove. She saw a single BLACK SCOTER [Macreuse noire] out in the water along with a small flock of AMERICAN BLACK DUCK [Canard noir] and one ‘almost’ highlight was a single AMERICAN ROBIN [Merle d'Amérique] at Westcock, something that she hasn’t seen much of this Winter. On Louise’s Ring-Billed Gull observation it strikes me we are seeing more Ring-Billed Gulls remaining in this area over Winter. It would make one wonder if warmer weather is leading this gull to be less migratory.
At one stop, Louise spotted a PORCUPINE [Porc-épic d'Amerique] apparently sleeping in a tree. She could not get a completely clear photo of it. It stayed for approximately 10 minutes and didn’t move at all. Louise comments, it was nice to have some ‘spring’ sunshine.
**Brian Stone made a run to enjoy the sunshine as well making stops at Taylor Road on Route 112. He noted a lot less Snow Buntings than Sunday but a Bald Eagle was monitoring the area from a tree and some very nice winter scenery. A Crow briefly harassed the BALD EAGLE [Pygargue à tête blanche] but quickly changed its mind. A brief stop at the head-of-trail at Bell/Wilson Marsh gave some nice HOUSE FINCH [Roselin familier] portraits. Note the distant round apex of the tail in the House Finch. The PURPLE FINCH [Roselin pourpré] tail apex would be forked. He went out to the Chateau Moncton area to watch the SHORT-EARED OWLS [Hibou des marais] and noted one of the NORTHERN HARRIER [Busard Saint-Martin] reported as still present. A distant cloud of Snow Buntings was noted as well as the formation of a pleasant Sundog in the sky, as the sun ended its day.
**Georges Brun was also monitoring the SHORT-EARED OWL on the Riverview Marsh on Monday. He saw at least 3 individuals.
George also noted a very large flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS working the marsh being the largest he has seen in that area.
**Kevin Renton reports their Stilesville feeder yard is very active including 100+ EVENING GROSBEAKS, 20-30 PINE GROSBEAKS (including some reddish adult males), 20-30 COMMON REDPOLLS, and the first flock of SNOW BUNTINGS arrived on Monday.
**Suzanne Rousseau from Sussex shares some selfie-photos her Grandson took of a CANADA JAY [Mésangeai du Canada] that perched atop his helmet as he was skiing at Whistler Mountain in B.C. Suspect a bit of a surprise! It surely shows the boldness of the Canada Jay.