Monday, 3 May 2021

 

 

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, May 3, 2021 (Monday)

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Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)

 

**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
 a female
 
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.
 (Editor’s note: 
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 comment
 they were very
actively vocalizing and doing their dance routine.
 (Editor’s note: Harewood is located on Rte. 112,
 approximately
 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
 Langelaans.
  He was able to locate them and watch them forage in the field for
 an hour before they flew off in search of an
 alternate field. 
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
 Heron)

 Brian then went to Wilson Marsh where his 
birding spirit was 
dampened by the strong, cold wind and dim, cloudy
 light. Not
 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TUFTED DUCK (ADULT MALE). MAY 2, 2021.  FRANK BRANCH

TUFTED DUCK (ADULT MALE). MAY 2, 2021.  FRANK BRANCH

GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW. MAY 2, 2021. RICK ELLIOT

GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW. MAY 2, 2021. RICK ELLIOT

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (MALE). MAY 2, 2021. JOHN INMAN

SANDHILL CRANE. MAY 2, 2021. RHONDA LANGELAAN

SANDHILL CRANES. MAY 2, 2021. RHONDA LANGELAAN


SANDHILL CRANE.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SANDHILL CRANES.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SANDHILL CRANES.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SANDHILL CRANES.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SANDHILL CRANES.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SANDHILL CRANES.  MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

EASTERN PHOEBE (PAIR). MAY 2, 2021. DAVID CANNON

EASTERN PHOEBE (POTENTIAL NESTING SITE). MAY 2, 2021. DAVID CANNON

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. MAY 2, 2021. JOHN INMAN

CANADA GOOSE. MAY 02, 2021.. BRIAN STONE

CANADA GOOSE EGG. MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE

SUNRISE. MAY 02, 2021. BRIAN STONE