NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, July 28, 2021 (Wednesday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
**Fred Richards reports the Tuesday night group met for a look and walk at Johnson’s Mills. There were only a few sandpipers (about 200 in the largest group) which seems like there should have been more by this time. They observed a PEREGRINE FALCON take a small bird on the mud flats and stop on a rock to dine before a Bald Eagle made it nervous and it moved on. They then walked down the old road and returned on the new road. They observed a porcupine or two and some birds were voicing their presence but were hesitant with showing themselves. They heard some crossbills and saw a Black- Throated Green Warbler. Lots of flora in prime foliage most likely due to the abundant rainfall this summer. It was a most enjoyable walk.
** Aldo Dorio photographed a BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY at Hay Island on Tuesday. It appears quite fresh except for one of the long tails being damaged. The extra yellow cell (arrow) shows well to help eliminate the Short-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly along with the longer tail and the nearby yellow spot shorter than the tail. Aldo also photographed a suspected immature PALM WARBLER.
ALDO did have to leave his home on Wednesday morning to look out his window for a nice photo of a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER posing still showing natal down, its voyage into the outside world just getting underway.
** Brian Stone checked out the Hampton lagoons on Tuesday while visiting family at Upham. He was hoping to get some good shots of the GREEN HERON frequenting the pond at the front of the lagoons but had to be satisfied with a few long distant shots and one taken through a thick stand of cattails that needed heroic adjusting to show any detail. He plans on trying again before he leaves for home later in the week. While there he managed to photograph a TURKEY VULTURE flying overhead, a male NORTHERN CARDINAL calling loudly and continuously from the top of a tall spruce tree, a GREAT BLUE HERON, a female AMERICAN REDSTART, and an AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY nectaring. A few more images from the area will likely follow over the next few days.
** The strikingly marked GREAT TIGER MOTH posed for images at my moth light on Monday night. It has been cool for visiting moths in recent nights so this mid to large sized brightly marked orange, black and red moth added some welcome colour. Even the body, which the photo covers, is bright red. It cooperated slightly to flash the bold, black-spotted orange underwing.
I have had an AMERICAN KESTREL nest box erected for several years adjacent some open fields near our Miramichi camp. It has been occupied every year but find it odd that I have yet to even seen a kestrel at any other site in the area. The occupants have always been very wary, and Mama allowed a distant photo as she surveyed her territory recently. Traffic can pass by seemingly unnoticed, but the moment you slow down or stop, they move a distance away. No nestlings have appeared yet, but the box has never showed any nestlings poking out until August even thought they seem to arrive early and get an early start.