NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, May 3, 2021 (Monday)
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**Frank Branch was able to get some distant but very identifiable photos of an adult male TUFTED DUCK [Fuligule morillon] at the Tracadie lagoon that was found by Jolande St-Pierre and Denise Godin. The tuft streaming from the crown shows nicely in Frank’s photos, as well as the sharp delineation between the white side and black mantle in one picture. The Tufted Duck is an Old World species and a special rare visitor to New Brunswick.
**Apparently there is more than 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW [Bruant à couronne dorée] at the moment in New Brunswick.
Rick Elliot noted a major migration along the Fundy coast on Sunday and among them was an adult Golden-Crowned Sparrow. Unfortunately, the area is not accessible to the public but sure interesting to know New Brunswick is hosting 2 of these rarities at the moment.
**It is going to happen again! The early hummingbirds have arrived.
John Inman got a photo of his first RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBID getting a quick meal and moving on. It is the same scenario as last year as they had a number of hummers get a quick meal and move on, before they had one take up residence showing it is helpful to have feeders out a little early.
Also, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK has been enjoying a regular meal of John’s abundant blackbird patrons.
**Shortly before 8 PM, on May 2, Dave Christie had
Ruby throated Hummingbird appear at his home Feeder at
at Mary’s Point. It is the first Dave has seen
this year, though he may have
missed it during the afternoon when was busy
elsewhere. May 2 is
a few days earlier that he usually first sees one.
although John and Dave lived near one another,
these would be two
different birds as Johns was a male)
**Rhonda and Paul Langelaan found some
SANDHILL CRANES at
Harewood on Sunday to get nice photos on Sunday.
they were very
actively vocalizing and doing their dance routine.
(Editor’s note: Harewood is located on Rte. 112,
20 km northwest of the Irving Big Stop)
**Brian Stone got up early on Sunday and
photographed the deep
red sunrise before driving out to route 112 to
try to relocate the
SANDHILL CRANES reported earlier by the
He was able to locate them and watch them forage in the field for
an hour before they flew off in search of an
They ended up in the corn stubble field at the
south end of
O'Neal Rd. where he joined other birders to see
them for another
extended period. (Editor’s note: note in Brian’s
flight photos the
very straightly held neck in flight in contrast
to the Great Blue
Brian then went to Wilson Marsh where his
birding spirit was
dampened by the strong, cold wind and dim, cloudy
seeing anything out of the ordinary after a brief and uncomfortable
walk he cut his visit short and left for warmer
lands. Before leaving
though he noticed a goose egg on the trail that
appears to have
ended up as some hungry critter's lunch.
**Anita and David Cannon’s pair of EASTERN PHOEBE [Moucherolle phébi] are still present and very interested about a potential nest site inside a veranda over their main door. Eastern Phoebes will often nest in areas such as this if not too busy an area. It will be very interesting to follow if the potential site of interest is taken. The Cannons are concerned they may start a nest and abandon it but suspect the phoebes could not choose a better site to be protected.