NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, February 21, 2021 (Sunday)
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** Ronnie Davis shares a striking photo taken with his drone of the WHITE-TAILED DEER [Cerf de Virginie] gathered in his field in Berwick Corner. They come out every day. Generally, the most are around an hour before sunset, and they dig out cabbage roots to eat. They can be seen frequently on Rte. 10 on the righthand side going to Fredericton, just past the Berwick Irving convenience. There would appear to be upwards of 75 to 100 animals in Ronnie’s photo.
** Phil Riebel got an excellent series of photos of a SHORT-TAILED WEASEL [Belette à courte queue] with the unique trail camera set-up that he has designed himself. The photos clearly show the animal in several scenarios including capturing prey. Phil comments the weasel must have a very high energy level as it seems to be constantly bouncing around and looking for prey. Enjoy the action at the attached link. And if you click on the first photo, a video of that frame starts. Great photos and video footage.
** Georges Brun got some great photos of action on the Riverview Marsh and the Petitcodiac River. The SNOW BUNTINGS [Bruant des neiges] were joined by the COMMON REDPOLLS [Sizerin flammé] on the eastern side of the Petitcodiac at the bend of the river. He took the photo from the walking bridge over Hall’s Creek, but got information from Monique Melanson Leblanc who got close-ups with her binoculars as she walked the trail heading towards Moncton.
** Georges saw at least 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS [Hibou des marais] with a bold AMERICAN CROW [Corneille d'Amérique] trying to intimidate the owl, but these owls seem more passive than SNOWY OWLS [Harfang des neiges] that Georges has seen there. One photo appears to show the Crow making contact with the owl, but it’s the photo angle that makes it look that way. Also, a RED FOX [Renard roux] seemed quite successful in the hunt. Nearly every time it made a leap, it was a success with quite large prey. There were at least 3 foxes in the marsh that day with one being chased away by a more dominant fox. The fox seemed quite well-nourished compared to other ones that Georges has seen in the past to suggest that there is a good supply of Meadow Voles. Georges also has been seeing a few COMMON MERGANSERS [Grand Harle] in the last week which means there must be fish there to attract them. It would seem early for smelts and late for Tomcod, so not sure just what species.
** Georges also saw a NORTHERN HARRIER [Busard Saint-Martin] in the marsh on Thursday. As well, the lone PEREGRINE FALCON [Faucon pèlerin] is still around the big “A” logo at Assumption Place. He is also noting the RING-NECKED PHEASANTS [Faisan de Colchide] that moved closer to the river, pecking at the same dark plants the Snow Buntings and Common Redpolls are working. There was an equal gender blend of pheasants across from Bore Park on Saturday afternoon.
** Yvette Richard thanks Brian Stone for the tip-off of the HORNED LARKS [Alouette hausse-col] at Caissie Cape wharf. Yvette went out to the wharf on Friday and was able to see them for a lifer for her and get more photos. A COMMON MERGANSER [Grand Harle] happened to be going under the Cocagne bridge on Thursday as she stood on the bridge to get a very close-up photo of a section of its plumage.