Thursday, 13 January 2022

Jan 13 2022

NATURE MONCTON NATURE INFORMATION LINE

 Jan 13, 2022 (Thursday)

 

 

 

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Edited by: Nelson Poirier nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com

 

 

**Yolande LeBlanc reports her Pine Warbler survived -25 C temps overnight and was feeding enthusiastically on peanut butter Wednesday morning, either on the log or below where the chips fall when the woodpeckers dig into it.

First thing in the morning, not one but TWO Brown Creepers, side by side on the peanut butter log, then down under it like the warbler.

 Yolande’s diverse guest list includes male and female Northern Cardinals, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Tree Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers and over 30 Mourning Doves forcing her to head out in the cold to replenish the peanut butter and seeds at dawn on Wednesday morning.

 

**Brian Coyle checked the fields across from his Lower Mountain Road home on Sunday to find some very fresh nicely imprinted Coyote paw imprints and the trail. It seemed to be a large animal with the print measuring 2 inches in length and 1 ½ inches in width.

Brian also found some clear Bobcat tracks and trail near the Berry Mills TCH. Note the roundish imprint and lack of nail imprint. The Bobcat seemed to stop approximately every 20 feet and scratched to the ground.

Brian also found a frosty Highbush Cranberry that made for a good photo subject.

 He also watched a flock of approximately 300 Snow Buntings feeding in the field and also finding the remains of a dead White-tailed Deer with the carcass that the coyotes were cleaning up in a small spruce forest.


**On its third visit to their yard in Lutes Mountain, Cathy and Isabelle Simon were able to capture a photo of a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK who was interested in a flock of Blue Jays.

 

**Gordon Rattray reports that his Ring-necked Pheasant population went up to 2 males and 4 females (from a single male) visiting his Weldon yard on Wednesday.  He also had three Dark-eyed Juncos, a Song Sparrow and an American Tree Sparrow.  The Song Sparrow and Dark-eyed Juncos were first of winter visitors.

 

**Dale and Helen Halfpenny in Stilesville had their cat signal there was something going on at the feeders. They looked to see a Sharp-shinned Hawk and Blue Jay being subdued as prey.  (Editor’s note: as the hawk appears to be larger than the Blue Jay, it would appear this would be an adult female)

Dale spotted and photographed a Flying Squirrel that was having a snack at 4 am when he turned the yard light on.

This mammal can be surprisingly abundant, especially at rural feeders but seldom seen as they are so nocturnal.

 

**The annual Nature Moncton members night is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 18. The membership has lots of experiences to share. Touch base with President Fred to schedule a short sharing session as per of the write up below:

 

NATURE MONCTON JANUARY MEETING

JANUARY 18, 2022 AT 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL MEETING

MEMBERS’ NIGHT

LINK TO JOIN https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89311816328?pwd=YWFUUm9Ed1NKbGdCdmRxR1dINjE3Zz09

Once again, we have decided to hold our annual Members’ Night meeting virtually in order to keep everyone safe from Covid-19.  Have you had an interesting encounter with nature in the past year?  Have you taken some good photos of birds, insects, animals or anything else in the various habitats of New Brunswick? The January Nature Moncton meeting belongs to members like you who would like to share their photos and stories of that world in short 15-minute presentations. 

 

If you have something you’d like to share, contact Fred Richards at fredrichards@rogers.com and he will instruct you how to present on Zoom (very easy!) and do a short practice run with you if you’d like.

 

Let’s start 2022 off the right way – by sharing with one another our positive experiences of the natural world around us!

 

For those who want to attend the meeting, the link to join is below

 

  All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89311816328?pwd=YWFUUm9Ed1NKbGdCdmRxR1dINjE3Zz09

 

 

 

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SHARP-SHINNED HAWK ON BLUE JAY PREY. JAN 12, 2022.  DALE HALFPENNY

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK ON BLUE JAY PREY. JAN 12, 2022.  DALE HALFPENNY

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK ON BLUE JAY PREY. JAN 12, 2022.  DALE HALFPENNY

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. JANUARY 12, 2022. CATHY SIMON

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. JAN 12, 2022. GORDON RATTRAY

DARK-EYED JUNCO. JAN 12, 2022. GORDON RATTRAY

RING-NECKED PHEASANT ( FEMALE). JAN 12, 2022. GORDON RATTRAY

SONG SPARROW. JAN 12, 2022. GORDON RATTRAY

FLYING SQUIRREL. JAN 12, 2022. DALE HALFPENNY

COYOTE PAW PRINT. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE

COYOTE TRAIL. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE

BOBCAT TRAIL. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE

BOBCAT PAW PRINT. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE

BOBCAT SCRAPE. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY. JAN 9, 2022. BRIAN COYLE