Posted by: PMGDD | December 2, 2022

Northumberland County Winter Bird List 2022-2023

As of December 2nd

Posted by: PMGDD | November 29, 2022

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

From: Fred Johnston <fpjohnston48@gmail.com>
Date: November 29, 2022 at 8:44:20 PM

I was at Costco in Moncton today. Black Oil Sunflower seeds now selling for $29.99 for a 18kg bag. Not great but a better price than earlier this fall.

Fred J.

Posted by: PMGDD | November 25, 2022

Nature Miramichi – Date for Miramichi CBC

Hi All,

Pam Watters has sent out information regarding the Miramichi Christmas Bird Count, The details are below. If you have not heard from Pam and are interested in being involved, please contact Pam.

Backyard feeder birds should be included in in the count if you are living within the count area in Miramichi.

Peter

From: Pam Watters <watterspj3@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 9:27 AM
Subject: Date for Miramichi CBC

Hi everyone,

Thanks to everyone for their replies about the earlier date for the Miramichi CBC. We will go with Wednesday, December 14 for the Miramichi count. As far as I know this will be the earliest the Miramichi count has been done (although I’m missing the count day for a few years). Please note that for the results that go to Audubon, the count week would begin on December 11 – so any species of note observed between December 11-17 would be included for count week.

I’ll send out more details in the next week or so.

I’m attaching a document which outlines the boundaries of the count circle. I would like to improve upon it by adding notes or places to check out (thanks Mathieu for this great idea!). If you have any areas that you find productive for the CBC, please let me know and I’ll update the document.

Thanks a lot! Pam

Miramichi circle boundaries.docx

From: gadd1313@nb.sympatico.ca <gadd1313@nb.sympatico.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:54 AM
Subject: Nature Miramichi Art Exhibit -NOW OPEN (no admission charge!)

The Nature Miramichi Art Exhibit was installed at the Chatham Library last Saturday and will be there until December 17th. Photos attached (Totally inadequate to appreciate the works 😊, please visit).

Attached is the exhibit catalogue with details about the works and their creators.

Chatham Library Hours

Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

On behalf of the club I would like to thank Dee Goforth for the help and encouragement for this initiative as well as head librarian Jennifer Wilcox, who installed the professional level display area. .

Nature Miramichi Art Exhibit Catalogue Nov. 5th to Dec. 17th.docx

Posted by: PMGDD | October 31, 2022

Escuminac Shore Erosion

On a recent visit to Escuminac Point it was obvious what an effect the recent post-tropical storm Fiona had on the Northumberland coast and elsewhere. The erosion of the peat banks on the north portion of the point is dramatic. What must be ancient tree stumps and branches visible from where they were once buried deeply in the slowly growing peat bog.

Deana and I went to Hay Island Wed. August 24th. We saw a number of shorebird species but not a large number of birds. What we did see a lot of where MOSQUITOS!!!

The exciting sighting was that of a Piping Plover hanging out with some Semipalmated Plovers along the shore line. Piping Plovers breed in the area but to the best of my knowledge they have never been happy with conditions at Hay Island so this bird was just passing through and found some buddies. I have never seen this bird on Hay Island before.

There are crews working to repair the boardwalk. It is a big operation. For the stretches most severely damaged by storm surges and winter ice they are screwing 6 to 8 foot metal posts into the ground and raising the platform a foot or two. Photos attached.

This morning I visited Miramichi Marsh. It is now a pretty good walk. There has been “lawn mowing” that has removed the stubble from left behind by the big machine used earlier. There is grass and other plants growing on the trail but the walking is very easy. It looks good too. There are still quite a few birds about. I saw the male Baltimore Oriole for the first time in more than three weeks.

Peter

Posted by: PMGDD | August 15, 2022

Nature Miramichi – Hay Island Excursion Aug 15 2022

Hi All,

Well three of us thoroughly enjoyed a few hours on Hay Island this morning. (Is there ever a need to travel to a Caribbean Island to enjoy a beach, fine weather and a lovely walk and pretty good wildlife (no nightlife though!)?

Our initial encounter was with a flock of mixed warblers at the entrance to the first trail to the left as you enter the wooded area once you cross the bridge: Bay Breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, (adult feeding young), Blackburnian Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat and possibly a

Northern Parula. There was also a Philadelphia Vireo and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Once further along in the open area of ponds we were able to see a few Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, and a couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Osprey (the beak!) and Gulls were about and Double-crested Cormorants. We were able to catch sight of a Merlin and a Northern Harrier.

There were sparrows about too of course and we were able to pick out the salt marsh inhabitant, a Nelson’s Sparrow.

On our way in before the bridge we caught sight of a White-rumped Sandpiper.

In bloom were Beach-Peas, Scotch Lovage, Seaside Goldenrod and Sea Lavender. Mosquitos weren’t bad and interesting insects were nectaring on these plants. We spotted a black coloured swallowtail butterfly which is a tough identification. It was either a Black Swallowtail or a Short-tailed Swallowtail. Both can be found in this habitat. The latter is a coastal or alpine species only found in Atlantic Canada and perhaps at altitude in northern Maine. Photo attached and help in identification would be appreciated. INaturalist suggests it is a Short-tailed Swallowtail. Details are hard to see.

In the area of the Neguac Wharf we spotted a Black-bellied Plover and 11 Semipalmated Plovers.

At a quick stop at Oak Point we were able to spot a Bald Eagle, (which since perhaps June seem to have been scarce around Miramichi after being plentiful), a Spotted Sandpiper and a few Barn Swallows amongst others.

Posted by: PMGDD | July 31, 2022

Miramichi Marsh Trails Recently Mowed

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Fredericton branch, have arranged to have the Miramichi Nature Trails at Miramichi Marsh mowed. They have also installed new signage. The trails are now wide open and much easier to walk along. Arrangements too have been made for regular mowing. Miramichi Marsh is located north of Retirement Miramichi in Chatham, Miramichi. Most easily accessed at the north end of Ironman Rd.

Posted by: PMGDD | June 12, 2022

Lady Slippers at French Fort Cove

From: Dave Goforth <go4uth@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2022 8:47 PM
Subject: Lady Slippers at French Fort Cove

This afternoon we came across over a hundred Lady Slippers on the 1 Range Loop trail at French Fort Cove. They are at their peak.

Dave & Dee

Posted by: PMGDD | June 12, 2022

Northern Mockingbird

Seen in Miramichi these last few days, vocalizing loudly and incessantly.

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