NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, May 2, 2021 (Sunday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
** Jim Carroll captured a beautiful photo of a CATTLE EGRET [Héron garde-boeufs] adorned with the orange-buffed plumes on the crown, back, and fore neck of a breeding adult. Jim observed it gorging on night crawlers in Pennfield at civic # 5255, Rte. 175. A choice specimen for sure! It would seem we are enjoying seeing more Cattle Egrets and Great Egrets in New Brunswick over recent years.
** Anita and David Cannon have observed a pair of EASTERN PHOEBES [Moucherolle phébi] staying around their yard the past few days. They thought they might be passing through, but after a few days, they may be considering homesteading there. David got some documentary photos during bad weather, but the identification is clear. They do like the insects around the Cannons’ pool which must be a value-added bonus to cottaging nearby on the Cannon property. The Eastern Phoebe likes nesting under the eaves of buildings around human habitation. They also have a liking for nesting on rafters under bridges. The constantly flicking tail and lack of wing bars are helpful identification guides for this early-arriving flycatcher, plus the vocalization of its name.
** Ray Gauvin happened to be in downtown Moncton on May 1st in time to catch the tidal bore to get a nice video of two surfers riding the bore as it went upriver. The surfers are Melvin Perez who works at the Chateau Moncton and a friend. Take a look at Ray’s video at the link below:
** There are some nice links at the moment showing the Petitcodiac River flowing under the new bridge already. Check out the attached links that Edmund Redfield has pointed out. There is still a lot of change to happen but these links show that it surely is. Check out the links below:
** Ray Gauvin also tried to get photos of the big moon on April 26th from his area in Pointe-du-Chêne and got what he could by moving to different spots to compete with the on-and-off cloudy sky and trees.
** Louise Richard leaves a bird report from Jones Lake, noting a few RING-NECKED DUCKS [Fuligule à collier] this week at the east end of the lake. Several dozen DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS [Cormoran à aigrettes] dropped in over the week, and Louise comments that the TREE SWALLOWS [Hirondelle bicolore] have increased to approximately 20 over the week.
** Bob Blake records weather statistics including morning temperatures and daily highs as well as monthly precipitation from his Second North River home. Bob sends a chart to compare April 2020 with April 2021 and I am attaching it below as Bob sends it. The precipitation comparison for the two-month period is surprisingly different with much more rain precipitation in April 2021 by over fourfold. The overall temperature comparison seems higher for April 2021 as well.
Weather stats for April
+8-1day +19-1 +12-1 +21-2
+6-1 +18-1 +11-1 +20-1
+5-3 +15-2 +9-1 +18-1
+4-5 +14-2 +8-1 +17-1
+3-1 +13-1 +7-3 +16-1
+2-2 +11-3 +6-2 +13-2
+1-6 +10-2 +4-5 +12-2
0-3 +3-6 +10-1
-1-2 11cms. snow
17 cms. snow -2-2 112 mms. rain
25 mms. .rain