Tuesday, 6 April 2021

April 6 2021


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**Richard Blacquiere spotted an adult male RUDDY DUCK [Érismature rousse] in the Hampton Lagoon on Monday that had just arrived.  It was with another non-breeding male that has been at the lagoon for a few weeks.  Am assuming the non-breeding bird is a first-year male.  That wedgewood blue bill of a male adult male Ruddy Duck is striking.

**Frank Branch reports that he has never had so many COMMON REDPOLL [Sizerin flammé] over the many years that he has been birding in his Paquetville yard on Sunday (approximately 150).  However, it may have been a major refueling for the northern journey as Frank had approximately 10 redpolls in his yard on Monday.  Frank photographed one on Sunday that appears to be a Hoary Redpoll.  With that number chances are a HOARY REDPOLL [Sizerin blanchâtre] was present.  Frank was very fortunate to isolate it for a photo.

**Aldo Dorio got a photo of a pair of BLACK SCOTER [Macreuse noire]
 that took a rest off Hay Island shore on Monday.

**Nature Moncton President Fred Richards has started to prepare a quarterly Newsletter in the form of “A Letter from the President” especially directed to Nature Moncton membership, however, am going to attach it below as it may be helpful to other Naturalist groups as well as advise of upcoming Nature Moncton events that others are welcome to join, virtually or in person, whichever the case may be. From President Fred:

 April 6, 2021

Greetings from Nature Moncton.

Wishing you all a great spring and hoping you can get out to enjoy the natural wonders that are all around us. I plan to send out one of these “letter from the President” communications quarterly, to keep you up to date on what is happening with Nature Moncton.

The Executive continues to meet monthly to keep the business of Nature Moncton moving. I thank the Executive for all the work they do to keep Nature Moncton running so smoothly.

The ability to pay your membership online -- an idea proposed by a member -- has been followed by an increase in memberships paid, so thank you and keep your ideas coming.  If you have not renewed your membership, it is not too late to do so. The membership fees are Nature Moncton’s primary source of revenue and with them, we are able to keep up everything from the website to a licence for Zoom which allows us to have our monthly meetings; in addition, we are able to offer free bird nest boxes to our members as a value-added bonus.

We are happy to be able to continue our monthly presentations in a virtual format and look forward to a time when we can do them live again.  We have moved from the Google Meet format to Zoom and the transition seems to have gone very well.  A lot of learning has gone into this and it seems by the feedback that you like it better as well.  If any of you are having difficulties connecting please let me know. 

The April 20th monthly meeting will be a virtual visit to Sable Island with presenter Greg Stroud.  May will feature Karen Vanderwolf on Bats and will focus on her ongoing work on monitoring them after the White-nose Syndrome and her efforts to provide appropriate nest boxes.  June will feature David Bell on his birding trips across Canada. I am looking forward to the upcoming presentations and hope to see you there. 

We also have more outings planned.  Roger Leblanc will give a virtual presentation on pond ducks on the evening of April 15th and then an outing to see the ducks in the wild on the following Saturday. We also have a trip to Hayward Pinnacle, guided by Kelly Honeyman, for unrivalled views of Southeastern New Brunswick with bonus rare plant observations. This walk should not be too strenuous as there is a way to drive most of the way there. We are also working out the details for Tuesday evening nature walks in and around Moncton during the Summer.  This is only a brief overview, so check the website    http://www.naturemoncton.com  for more details.

Thank you.

Fred Richards

President, Nature Moncton





Nelson Poirier,

Nature Moncton