Tuesday, 21 June 2022

June 21 2022

NATURE MONCTON NATURE NEWS

June 21, 2022 (Tuesday)

 

 

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**It’s the Nature Moncton June meeting tonight, Tuesday night June 21. The presentation will be on moths by Jim Edsall and Jim will be at the Mapleton Rotary Lodge in person. The presentation will also be available virtually, but many may want to come directly to the Lodge to speak with Jim in person. Jim was a long-time member of Nature Moncton before moving to Dartmouth and seeing him again in person along with his amazing knowledge of moths will be a treat. The write up for the presentation is below:

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Nature Moncton June Meeting

Tuesday evening, June 21 at 7:00 PM

Mapleton Park Rotary Pavilion

The World of New Brunswick Moths

Speaker: Jim Edsall

 

June is that time of year when many of the beautiful creatures of the night, particularly moths, get their seasonal missions underway.

We have hundreds of moth species resident to New Brunswick. Some may be small and drab, but many are strikingly beautiful, both large (very) and small.  And moths are extremely important pollinators for many of our plant community.

When it comes to identifying moths, Jim Edsall is one of the top experts and Jim will join us on Tuesday, June 21, to share with us how to attract these creatures of the night to our yards, where to find them away from our yards, and some helpful ways to identify them.

This presentation will take place at the Rotary Pavilion of Mapleton Park but will be live streamed virtually as well for those who cannot participate in person.

Let’s all go on the night shift to fly with the moths!

Jim Edsall will be at the Mapleton Rotary Lodge to give the presentation in person but those unable to attend can join virtually at the highlighted link Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

All are welcome, Nature Moncton member or not.

 

**To get us in the mood for moths tonight, Wayne Fairchild shares a photo of a Labrador Carpet Moth that joined him day perching on his screen on Monday.

To top that off, Wayne forwards a photo of the impressive Luna Moth having just emerged and pumping its wings with fluid. The Luna Moth is one of the impressive Giant Silkworm Moths which we can expect to start seeing at the moment.

 

**A very good day on Monday for Andrew Darcy who was able to get an audience with the AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus palliatus)  in Cormierville Marsh. This is the first record of this species in Kent County. It was found by Marc LeBlanc while searching for the Little Blue Heron. Andrew comments “such a gorgeous bird !!It was a pleasure to see one up close and much easier than trying to take pictures from a boat (i.e.  pair on Bills islet, Grand Manan)."

 

Andrew also took some great video of the bird foraging on Common Periwinkle showing how effectively it uses that big orange bill.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/grumlrttne5w2ad/DSC_0391.MOV?dl=0

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z5p8evfreyarxre/20220620_193124.mp4?dl=0

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojyd2rqbxvyoizy/20220620_202943.mp4?dl=0

 

 

**Jane LeBlanc in St. Martins noticed holes in some leaves of her Common Milkweed patch, so looked closer and found at least a dozen very small Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. Two different sizes were on some leaves, but all less than a quarter inch long. The female Monarch was in Jane’s yard on May 29.

This surely sounds like a very early date to be seeing Monarch Butterfly caterpillars!

 

**Frank McFarlane had a female (no moustache!)  Northern Flicker spend time in his Miramichi backyard on Monday. She cooperated for some nice photographs to show how beautiful this woodpecker really is.

 

 

 **Jane LeBlanc in St. Martins was wandering around her yard on Saturday and noticed both frog and salamander tadpoles co-existing in her pond and was able to photograph both together.

She also noticed a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth going to several different flowers for another great photograph.

 

 

 Nelson Poirier

Nature Moncton

nelsonpoirier435@gmail.com

 

                                                                                           

 

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. JUNE 20, 2022.  ANDREW DARCY


NORTHERN FLICKER (FEMALE). JUNE 20, 2022. FRANK McFARLANE

NORTHERN FLICKER (FEMALE). JUNE 20, 2022. FRANK McFARLANE

MONARCH BUTTERFLY CATERPILLAR. JUNE 20, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

MONARCH BUTTERFLY CATERPILLARS. JUNE 20, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

TADPOLES (FROG ON LEFT,SALAMANDERS ON RIGHT). JUNE 18, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

HUMMINGBIRD CLEARWING MOTH. JUNE 18, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

LUNA MOTH. JUNE 20, 2022.  WAYNE FAIRCHILD

LUNA MOTH. JUNE 20, 2022.  WAYNE FAIRCHILD

LABRADOR CARPET MOTH (Xanthorhoe labradorensis). JUNE 20, 2022. WAYNE FAIRCHILD