Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Sept 21 2022

NATURE MONCTON NATURE NEWS

 Sept 21, 2022 (Wednesday)

 

 

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**Shannon Inman came across a group of 7 American Kestrels on a utility wire in the Harvey area which were possibly a grouping of a family unit as Shannon’s photo appears to be a young-of-the-year bird.

John Inman got a photo of a Calligrapha Beetle while doing yard chores.

The intricate black markings on the elytra of Calligrapha Beetles resemble the delicate script usually reserved for fine stationery.


The Calligrapha Beetle comes in a variety of colours: red, orange, green, yellow and hues somewhere in between. They gleam almost like jewels. There are many species, each with a unique pattern of black markings on the elytra (wing coverings). Dashes, lines, dots, and curves meander with careful symmetry over both sides.

 

** Jane LeBlanc in St. Martins has been able to photograph some different yard birds lately. The first was a Red-eyed Vireo, which usually hides too well to be photographed. Then walking down to the river on her property, where a Beaver has dammed the river and made the water level much higher, a Great Blue Heron was fishing. She only got one quick photo before it flew. Then along the driveway, there was a Blue-Headed Vireo that paused just long enough for a quick photo, nicely showing its signature white ‘spectacles’.

 

**Lois Budd was pleased to have a chance to watch a Hermit Thrush enjoy some of her Common Elderberry in fruit right outside her dining room window.

Common Elderberry fruit are a late season magnet to wildlife fruit connoisseurs.

 

 

**Aldo Dorio got a photograph of a lone fall edition Yellow-rumped Warbler on the Malpec Road just north of Neguac.

The Malpec Road is a pleasant short road lined by bushes that is a good area to monitor migration as well as the marsh shoreline at the end of this road.

 

** On Monday Brian Stone walked the trail around the reservoir at Mill Creek Park in Riverview. Not much bird life was present, but Brian got photos of a Red-breasted Nuthatch foraging on the ground, an Eastern Wood Pewee that was calling high in a tree, and an immature Bald Eagle flying high overhead. There were many indistinct Meadowhawk Dragonflies perching along the trail and lots of large, impressive mushrooms on the forest floor.

In a ditch near the Runneymeade Rd. entrance to the park 5 Green Frogs were basking in the small amount of water present.

Nice to get reports from Riverview’s Mill Creek Park where the town is doing work to create a pleasant natural area.

 

** Jim Johnson in Scotch Settlement had an unexpected ‘bird’ fly through his back field that Peterson and Sibley were not able to help him with. Some of our top-notch birders may be able to help!

 

 

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Nature Moncton

 

EASTERN WOOD PEWEE. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

EASTERN WOOD PEWEE. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

AMERICAN KESTREL. SEPT 19, 2022. SHANNON INMAN

BLUE-HEADED VIREO. SEPT. 19, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

RED-EYED VIREO. SEPT. 18, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. SEPT 20, 2022. ALDO DORIO

GREAT BLUE HERON. SEPT. 19, 2022. JANE LEBLANC

BALD EAGLE (IMMATURE). SEPT. 19, 2022.. BRIAN STONE

HERMIT THRUSH. SEPT. 19, 2022.  LOIS BUDD

HERMIT THRUSH. SEPT. 19, 2022.  LOIS BUDD

GREEN FROGS. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

GREEN FROG. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

MEADOWHAWK DRAGONFLY. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

MILL CREEK PARK. SEPT. 19, 2022. BRIAN STONE

MYSTERY BIRD. SEPT 19, 2022. JIM JOHNSON