NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 9 January 2021 (Saturday)
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**Andrew Darcy went for a hike across the road from his home in Dieppe/Greater Lakeburn area. The habitat is mostly scrubland and a tract of deciduous forest that has some coniferous trees in it as well. He went to investigate and look for birds, tracks, or wildlife sign, and quickly noticed several trails throughout the forest area. They were a few days old, but some were still in great condition. The first track was textbook SNOWSHOE HARE [Lièvre d'Amérique], and the second was RING-NECKED PHEASANT [Faisan de Colchide] (which he hears and sees often). The photo where both species’ tracks crisscross each other is rather special. The Snowshoe Hare tracks display the typical rabbit pattern but are much larger than a Cottontail [Lapin à queue blanche]. The hind foot tracks were approximately 6 inches long and displayed the classic spread-out form (snowshoes) of the Snowshoe Hare.
**The COMMON REDPOLLS [Sizerin flammé] are surely coming on strong at feeder yards. Wayne Fairchild reports his first customers arrived on Thursday and are liking what they found at his feeders. The redpolls have also arrived at my own feeder at 50+. They sure have a passion for sunflower hearts, but are roving gourmets at white millet, nyjer, cracked corn, and black oil sunflower seeds. I fear our pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS [Cardinal rouge] are not amused with the crowd.
**Stella LeBlanc got a documentary photo of a bright WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Bouctouche on Friday. I have one coming to my feeder yard as well, and it is so muted in its plumage that it can be hard to find among the throngs of finches. Not at all the bright lore of Stella’s observation.
**The New Brunswick Environmental Network and Nature Trust/Nature New Brunswick are sponsoring two webinars that may interest many naturalists. Unfortunately, they are both scheduled for Wednesday evening, January 13th. NBEN is hosting one on the PIPING PLOVER [Pluvier siffleur], and Nature Trust/Nature NB is hosting one on winter birding. Both are being recorded and the presentations will be available to those who register, so you can listen to one on January 13th and the other a few days later. It will be important to register for both to get the links to join that night, and to check the other a few days later. I am posting the two which hopefully one can register right from, but if not, will leave links to register. COVID-19 has given us lots of grief, but the webinars are pleasant to get at this time. Nature Moncton is planning to have monthly meetings as webinars until June.
These two webinars are in the line up below and hopefully clicking on these or any others you are interested in will open registration.