NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, June 8, 2021 (Tuesday)
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**At sunrise at the old sewage lagoon at Highland Park in Salisbury Monday morning, Clifford Twist saw 2 swift and erratic flying birds. The 2 birds turned out to be BLACK TERN [Guifette noire]. He observed the 2 birds for about fifteen minutes. David Miller who was also there said that he had never seen Black Terns in this area before. The fast-moving birds were hard to photograph but Clifford got some photos looking into the sun. The surprises at this site just don’t seem to stop!
**Phil Riebel got two great photos of a COMMON GOLDENEYE [Garrot à oeil d'or] and her family at a small pond near their home on Rennie Road in the Douglastown area of Miramichi. What spectacular photos!
**Georges Brun was able to capture photos of the PEREGRINE FALCON [Faucon pèlerin] nest atop Assumption Place in Moncton. There are 2 chicks there.
Georges had a CEDAR WAXWING [Jaseur d'Amérique] visit his apple and cherry trees to forage on the petals as this species does as well as a few aphids. A CANADAIAN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY was folded and looking very fresh next to the former control structure in Riverview.
**Louise Nichols heard an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE [Pioui de l'Est] near their Aulac home. She heard it when she walked out of the house on Sunday morning. It caught her ear right away because she hadn’t heard one in a while. She didn’t see it, but heard it sing a number of times and managed to record it once. She doesn’t think that the Eastern Wood-Pewee would prefer the woods around their place but maybe it was just passing through. She heard it continue on but it was farther and farther away as though it was heading up the road. Check out the audio link Louise got that’s attached below.
On Saturday morning, Louise joined the Nature New Brunswick outing to the Nature Conservancy of Canada property at Baie Verte, with Elaine Gallant and Wendy Sullivan. They hiked down the main trail to the beach. They were looking for anything they could find and Louise focused her camera on a few dragonflies and one damselfly that are attached and labeled. She also got a photo of a Green Coma Butterfly showing both the top and underwing view.
Louise comments, it was a beautiful morning out there and nice to discover a nature spot that she had never seen before.
**Jane LeBlanc got some great flight photos of a NORTHERN HARRIER while travelling through Riverside-Albert on Monday and stopped to see the PEREGRINE FALCON family at Hopewell Rocks but a terrific wind kept her from getting the photos she would like.
Jane also spotted a BEAVER swimming in the Bay of Fundy but it soon headed to land and fresh water.
**On Friday to Sunday, Gordon Rattray was participating in the BioBlitz for Nature New Brunswick Festival. He visited a lot of locations and uploaded nearly 90 photos to their site on i-naturalist. Gordon will share some of these photos in the next few days. Gordon took some photos of the canoe event hosted by Nature Moncton for the Festival of Nature as well.
A highlight was a visit to Hopewell Cape Rocks on Friday to capture the family of Peregrine Falcons at feeding time. They have an observation location to view the nesting area.
**Brian Stone went to the Hopewell Rocks Park on Monday to check out the PEREGRINE FALCON chicks nesting on the cliff-face near the Big Cove viewing platform. Compare the size of the ones Gordon got on Friday just three days earlier. The 3 chicks are still not much more than big fuzzballs but they occasionally stand up and give a preview of their development to come.
On the trails through the park, Brian photographed a BLUE-HEADED VIREO [Viréo à tête bleue], an AMERICAN REDSTART [Paruline flamboyante] and got a photo of a ROCK PIGEON on a nest under the big staircase. On his way home, Brian drove slowly over the Caledonia Mountain and stopped to take pictures of a SWAINSON'S THRUSH [Grive à dos olive] and the MAGNOLIA WARBLER [Paruline à tête cendrée].
Brian made one more stop on his way back to Highland Park in Salisbury. He saw 2 AMERICAN COOTS [foulques] crossing a pond, a COMMON GRACKLE [Quiscale bronzé] feeding chicks on its nest and BLUE FLAG IRIS blooming beside the trail. Finally, the heat began to overpower Brian’s resistance and he retreated to the air-conditioned car and left for home.
Brian also stopped at Tucker Street Ducks Unlimited impoundment on Sunday. There were some duck family members there but not in notable numbers. Two or 3 pairs of TREE SWALLOW [Hirondelle bicolore] and dragonflies were starting to fly, photographing a female COMMON WHITETAIL DRAGONFLY [Libellule à queue blanche commune] (female). The CANADA GOOSE [Bernache du Canada] families were joining up. A SILVERY BLUE BUTTERFLY [Papillon bleu argenté] posed nicely for a view of the wings over and under.