NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, April, 5 2021 (Monday)
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**Jane Leblanc reports that she had a nice arrival of SONG SPARROW [Bruant chanteur] DARK-EYED JUNCO [Junco ardoisé] and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW [Bruant à gorge blanche] to her St. Martins yard on Saturday. The newly arriving birds must very much appreciate feeder yards with this sudden April snowfall, as temporary as it may be.
**Like Northern Cardinals, there seems to be notably more reports on White-Breasted Nuthatch in Southeastern New Brunswick this season.
A neighbour of Ron Steeves has a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH [Sittelle à poitrine blanche] that has taken up residency in a little bird house in their yard. Ron notes he has seen this species around during recent winters. As a point of interest, Ron looked up some information on them, and their nests consist of tree bark, rootlets, grass, fur and hair. The female lays 5 to 10 eggs that are dull white with brown and lavender streaking. The bad news, is one of the main destroyers of their broods is the RED SQUIRREL [Écureuil roux]. They will be going to monitor their progress. Ron comments that, if they have that amount of young it must take a lot of going in and out to feed so many little ones which should be easy to observe.
** Gail Mills took a few close-up photos of a COMMON GRACKLE gleaning up lots of winter leftovers. The blackbirds will be frequent patrons for the next few weeks before they leave to establish nesting territories.
**Earlier in the season I had lots of PINE SISKIN [Tarin des pins] and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH [Chardonneret jaune] patrons. As the COMMON REDPOLL [Sizerin flammé] started building up into very high numbers, both the PINE SISKIN and the American Goldfinch have disappeared and haven’t see either in over a month, until an American Goldfinch braved it Sunday during a Redpoll absence. It was a male and sure showing that moth-eaten look of the molt to breeding plumage. I am expecting them back in numbers as soon as the redpolls file flight plans north.
Also, quite differently this winter, the fruit feeder was quite quiet except for a few Grey Squirrels [écureuil gris] taking a look at it. Sunday morning a bright male AMERICAN ROBIN [Merle d'Amérique] decided it was the ideal day to partake and he chose specifically Globe grapes over everything else. He is back Monday morning and appears to feel the cache is ‘his only’!