Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Jan 12 2021


NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, Jan.12, 2021 (Tuesday)

 

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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.

 

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HARP SEAL. JAN. 11, 2021.  RAY GAUVIN

HARP SEAL. JAN. 11, 2021.  RAY GAUVIN

HUMMINGBIRDS (IN VANCOUVER). JAN 7, 2021. GENEVIEVE FLEMING
SNOW BUNTINGS. JAN. 11, 2021. LOUISE NICHOLS


RING-BILLED GULLS. JAN. 11, 2021. LOUISE NICHOLS

AMERICAN ROBIN. JAN. 11, 2021. LOUISE NICHOLS

BLACK SCOTER. JAN. 11, 2021. LOUISE NICHOLS
SHORT-EARED OWL. JAN. 10, 2021. GEORGES BRUN

SHORT-EARED OWL. JAN. 10, 2021. GEORGES BRUN



SHORT-EARED OWL. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SHORT-EARED OWL. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SHORT-EARED OWL. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SNOW BUNTINGS. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

HOUSE FINCH (MALE). JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

HOUSE FINCH (FEMALE). JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW AND HOUSE FINCH. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

BALD EAGLE AND CROW. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

CROWS AND BALD EAGLE. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

CANADA JAY. JAN 11, 2021. DANIEL DETURRALDE

CANADA JAY. JAN 11, 2021. DANIEL DETURRALDE

EUROPEAN STARLINGS . JAN. 11, 2021. RAY GAUVIN

PORCUPINE. JAN. 11, 2021. LOUISE NICHOLS

 
SUNDOG. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE


NORTHERN HARRIER. JAN. 11, 2021. BRIAN STONE

COMMON REDPOLL FLOCK. JAN. 9, 2021.  GEORGES BRUN

COMMON REDPOLL FLOCK. JAN. 9, 2021.  GEORGES BRUN

COMMON REDPOLL FLOCK. JAN. 9, 2021.  GEORGES BRUN