NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, January 13, 2021 (Wednesday)
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** Stella and Jean Paul LeBlanc had a very pleasant day birding in the Bouctouche area on Tuesday. Some new birds for them this winter were 6 AMERICAN ROBINS [Merle d'Amérique], a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW [Bruant à couronne blanche], and a PILEATED WOODPECKER [Grand pic]. Others that they say are not new to their personal winter list were 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS [Bruant à gorge blanche], 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS [Bruant hudsonien], and a female NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge].
**Georges Brun notes a few weeks ago an adult Bald Eagle dove for a lone
Canada Geese a hundred feet from Bore Park observation platform.
Luck was on the side of the goose as 5 brave crows who came to the rescue (?) and
the bird manage to stave off its demise. A few days latter a goose was
seen to have been injured with no dexterity in its legs. With the
fluctuation of temperatures, the situation for the goose got worse. Tuesday
morning the injured bird was captured by the female Bald Eagle. When Georges
saw the bird, it was down in the Bend area of the river. It rode a pan of
ice eating away with its prey then its partner came by to get his share.
Later on he noticed a bird on the top of the Chateau Moncton roof observing its surrounding. It was a MERLIN. It must have seen and heard about the Common Redpolls and the Snow Buntings in the area!
Two of the SHORT-EARED OWLS were in the marsh area a approximately a hundred feet from the Trans-Aqua compound near the river. One was on the same perch as one photographed Monday on the ground near the tall Phragmites grass.
** Daryl Doucet’s resident EASTERN TOWHEE [Tohi à flancs roux] continues to be a regular patron at his Moncton feeder yard, as well as his pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS [Cardinal rouge]. The recent addition of a water source for his patrons has been a major hit. It is important to remember that birds need water as well as food in the winter.
** The present temperature conditions are producing lots of interesting creations by Jack Frost. Jane Leblanc photographed a nice example on Monday near Hampton.
** Pat Gibbs is yet another lucky landlady to have a female NORTHERN CARDINAL [Cardinal rouge] visit her Moncton Yard that came to investigate some of the seed bells that she puts out. Pat also suggests a very interesting write up on where birds go in the winter. Access it from the link below.