Posted by: PMGDD | January 26, 2021

Spotted Salamander Spotted


Chastity DeGroot found this Spotted Salamander on the MCCSC ski trails this evening.

Posted by: PMGDD | January 19, 2021

Winter watch

From: Laura Comeau Fine Arts <>

WINTERWATCH – Nature Miramichi

Posted by: PMGDD | January 18, 2021

Black-backed Woodpecker

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From: Deana Gadd <>

WINTERWATCH Nature Miramichi

While snowshoeing at the ski club today I came across signs of a Black-backed Woodpecker. These medium sized woodpeckers do not visit feeders, they are associated with burnt areas or boggy areas. You might hear one scraping away the bark, to get at the larvae of beetles within the tree. Peter saw this woodpecker on the ski trails last year, not far away from this site.

Sent from my iPad

Posted by: PMGDD | January 18, 2021


WinterWatch – Nature Miramichi

Hi All,

I propose as a club we share our nature in winter observations and experiences under the heading of WinterWatch (title courtesy of the BBC!). The other members of the executive have supported this initiative, Dave G and Mathieu.

Your submissions could be anecdotal, just a straightforward narrative, a poem, a sketch, a photo, a short video clip, whatever. What would be of particular interest would be what the casual observer might miss, the subtleties, the beauty, the curious, the interpretive and so on. Send to 

These submissions will help us all enjoy this apparently quieter time of year all that much more.

I will post, likely on the club’s web site, (with a link for photos and short video clips on Flickr ) textual submissions … so that we can have them all in one location.


To get started here is a photo of a “Peeping Cardinal” at one of our windows today!

“I know they have food in there! People Watching, a great winter hobby!”


Posted by: PMGDD | January 18, 2021

Miramichi Christmas Bird Count 2020-21

I know this will be a double posting for some. Peter

From: Pam Watters <>
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2021 10:24 AM
To: Pamela Watters <>
Subject: Miramichi Christmas Bird Count

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Miramichi Christmas Bird/Mammal Count – your input is greatly appreciated!

The results of the count can be found on the Nature Miramichi website at the link below (scroll down to Christmas Bird Counts). Also included is a table of CBC results from 1972 to present. These results have been sent to the NB provincial CBC coordinator as well as entered into the Audubon database.

We found 36 species on count day which is a great number for our count – since the river was partially open, several waterfowl species were recorded, and there are quite a few finch species around this year. We also recorded 9 extra species during count week (December 17-23), and 5 extra species during count period (December 14-January 5). This brings the total for the count period to 50, which is the highest number ever recorded since our count started in 1972.

A beautiful male Hooded Merganser was seen in the open water under the Napan bridge – this is the first time we’ve ever had a Hooded Merganser on the count.

Other highlights on count day were a female Baltimore Oriole visiting a feeder in Millbank, and a Rough-legged Hawk – these species have only been recorded once on previous CBCs.

There is quite an influx of Northern Cardinals in the area this year. We recorded 7, our highest number to date, and that is only from 1 feeder report! I know that there are many others around (and I’m hoping that one will visit my feeders!).

A Tufted Titmouse was photographed in Loggieville during count week. As far as I know, this is the first time this species has been recorded in the county – quite an amazing sighting. Unfortunately, it only stayed around for one day.

Other noteworthy species seen during the count period include Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Enjoy the winter birds that are here – it’s a good winter for Common Redpolls, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskins, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwings!

Good birding everyone!


Posted by: PMGDD | December 21, 2020

Northumberland County Winter Bird List update

I know for some this will be a double posting. Peter

From: David McLeod <>
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 10:56 PM
Subject: Northumberland County Winter Bird List update

Hello All,

Attached is a preliminary edition of the Northumberland County Winter Bird List that started on December 1 and ends February 28. We have accumulated 57 species so far, but hope to surpass last year’s 68 species over the next two-and-a-half months, or even to beat the record 78 species of 2017-18. Any additions to the list would be most welcome at mcleodda

Thanks for all contributions to date.


2020-21 Northumberland County Winter Bird List, Preliminary, Dec 18, 2020.docx

Posted by: PMGDD | December 13, 2020

Christmas Bird Count 2020 Details

Christmas Bird Count 2020.docx

Bird Studies CBC Map – City of Miramichi.pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | November 26, 2020

Correction – That was a Fisher!

From: Phil Riebel <>
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:16 AM
Subject: Correction – That was a Fisher!

SmugMug Correction – That was a Fisher!
Hi all,

Last week I sent out a photo labelled "Pine Marten" taken a few hundred meters behind our place in the woods (Miramichi).

A few experts corrected me – it was actually a Fisher. I always wanted to get a photo of one but never imagined it would be right behind my house! They are typically quite elusive and rarely seen + I always assumed they did not get very close to human activity (i.e. more in the deep woods).

They are larger than a Pine Marten – you can find our more here:

Here is also a close up of his head and face:

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Posted by: PMGDD | November 21, 2020

Pine Marten – a few 100 meters behind our house!

From: Phil Riebel <>
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2020 3:05 PM
Subject: Pine Marten – a few 100 meters behind our house!

SmugMug Pine Marten – a few 100 meters behind our house!
Hi all,

Last week I got a photo of a Pine Marten on my camera trap a few 100 meters behind our house, in the woods. The photos are not great quality – but today I have re-set 2 camera traps hoping to get better ones.

It was surprising to see a Pine Marten so close to a residential area. There is a large wooded area behind us – clearly enough habitat for such species. This photo is from my DSLR trap and the one in the gallery is from the trailcam. See:

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Posted by: PMGDD | November 20, 2020

Nature Miramichi – They Are in Town!

Perhaps you have seen them? Melanie reported them in the county some weeks ago. I finally saw them in town! I do hope they are not just passing through. My favourite bird of winter. REDPOLLS!

I met a flock of about 70 today at Miramichi Marsh gobbling away on the catkins of Silver Birch along the middle causeway.


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