NATURE MONCTON NATURE INFORMATION LINE, Oct. 12, 2021 (Tuesday)
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**Brian Coyle was out to two of his trail cameras Monday afternoon and found a fairly fresh set of Moose tracks, alongside a Beaver pond and right by his camera. He was very delighted to see that the Moose stopped to give the camera the once over. He only had this camera at this location, at the end of a Beaver dam, for one week. The very next video is of this momma Bobcat scent marking and then her kitten jumps down beside her...
Also, he had a flock of American Robins of approximately 50 individuals, devouring the great abundance of Mountain Ash berries, yesterday. Then there was this inquisitive Beaver.... and also large flocks of White-Throated Sparrows. There were a total of 5 Bumblebees warming and feeding themselves on a solitary Sunflower. It was a busy day...
He found some Honey mushrooms, at the base of a dead Trembling Aspen and send photos.
Check out the Moose and Bobcat visits at the attached links below:
**Jim Johnson is another to see Eastern Bluebirds around his Scotch Settlement home that has ample nest boxes to scout out for next season. Jim does not recall seeing them around before in October although he has had them nest in his yard. Seeing Eastern Bluebirds in the fall is getting more common as the population grows as these flocks of bluebirds can stay with us very late into fall often scouting out nest boxes.
Jim comments American Kestrels are quite plentiful in the fields around his home.
Jim also saw 10 Killdeer in a soybean field on Saturday, a species he has not seen in some time; not sure what is attracting them to the soybean field.
**Lisa Morris had a Black-capped Chickadee take Nature Moncton nest box # 404 this year. She cleaned out the nest box this past weekend to show a photo of the very typical nesting material of the Black-capped Chickadee being dried moss with hair or feathers in the bowl.
Chickadees seemed to like the Nature Moncton boxes this year as I had two chickadee occupied and will not be checking over a dozen more until next spring. Lisa got a short video of the tenant exiting the box on July 12, possibly a second brood by then. Check out the video link below:
**Rosita Lanteigne sends a photo of one of our light-coloured coral mushrooms. The light-coloured oh my goodness ones can be hard to be sure of ID without closely checking specific parts. I am suspecting the Crown-tipped Coral but not confident. As far as I am aware, no corals are toxic, but some are bitter.
**Aldo Dorio reports there didn’t seem to be many birds at Hay Island on Monday but there surely were a few of interest. Aldo photographed 2 Red Knots in non-breeding plumage, a shorebird species we don’t see often see in this area as we are not on their main migration route and the eastern population has declined due to overharvesting of one of their favourite fodder sources, Horseshoe Crab eggs.