Posted by: PMGDD | May 3, 2021


Hi All,

Deana and I had the very good fortune to discover a somewhat rare duck at Hay Island this morning, Deana spotting it first. It is a Eurasian bird that spends its winter in Africa and southern Asia. It breeds widely across Eurasia. It shows up in North America on occasion particularly in Eastern Canada. The last report for NB, we are aware of, was a sighting in the Tracadie area in 1990.

We sent word out through NB Listserv and a few text messages and emails and before too long a number of birders gathered. We are sorry we didn’t contact more people directly. There is every chance that it will still be there tomorrow morning. It was there all day today and previous sightings have lasted a few days.

People today stayed well back so as not to bother any of the ducks. Such wanderers can be stressed although this bird did not seem concerned or even aware of us. It is a dabbling duck and seemed to be feeding well. It was with a group of about 8 Green-winged Teals … a cousin species … its name in French translates to “Teal of Summer”. It is easily seen with binoculars.

Map attached.

Peter and Deana

Posted by: PMGDD | April 20, 2021

Harlequin Duck in Breeding Colors

Beautiful indeed Nancy, in its full breeding regalia. One was spotted in Fredericton last week, likely taking a shortcut cross country, to its breeding grounds, this one too, same bird perhaps?! Very nice find, very nice photos. Peter

From: Nancy Mullin <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 1:31 PM
To: Peter and Deana Gadd <>
Subject: Harlequin Duck in Breeding Colors

Was returning from a walk along the river trail in Quarryville and spied a duck of some kind, on a rock under the Bridge…I slowly crept down to the water and was amazed at the beautiful colors! I was able to get a few clear shots. Imagine my surprise, when I looked in Sibley’s and it turned out to be a Harlequin… A lifer!!!

Posted by: PMGDD | April 16, 2021

By the Quarryville Bridge

From: Nancy Mullin <>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2021 10:29 AM
Subject: By the Quarryville Bridge

Have been going down to the Quarryville Bridge to see what ducks may be there this spring. Usually we have lots, but only a pair of Golden Eye so far. Lots of Geese along the river. Yesterday, I was thrilled to see my first Flycatcher..The Eastern Phoebe, of the year. There were two Juveniles with the adults….also caught a beaver, taking a bath by Indian Town Stream.

Nancy Mullin

Posted by: PMGDD | April 15, 2021


I made a visit to Miramichi Marsh this morning. The water levels are receding, down about 10 inches since Tuesday. There has been recent beaver activity, plugging leveling/draining water pipes. Ducks Unlimited NB are aware and hope to have technicians visit again as they did this time last year. There is a pair of Canada Geese in the third far pond hoping to nest on an island that was quite flooded Tuesday, it looked more promising today. There is one Canada Goose pair that appear to be incubating eggs on another island.

I did see my “first of year” Great Blue Heron circling the marsh and as I was leaving I spotted a f.o.y. Northern Flicker. Interestingly, as I pulled into my driveway when I got home, there was a Northern Flicker in my oak tree. Had it followed me home? Probably not. This one did stop long enough to enjoy some shelled peanuts at a feeder although it had to bicker with a couple of European Starlings! Deana and I have been anticipating visits from Purple Finches – finally we had two males Monday, and a visit from a Fox Sparrow, which happened today.


Posted by: PMGDD | March 16, 2021

Northumberland County Winter Bird List for 2020-21

This I know is a double posting for many but Dave’s email list is not quite the same as that for Nature Miramichi.


From: David McLeod <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:45 PM
Subject: Northumberland County Winter Bird List for 2020-21

Hi Everyone,

We ended up with 75 species on the 2020-21 Northumberland County Winter Bird List, just three shy of the 78 record set in 2017-18, the year of the Mistle Thrush at Peter and Deana’s in Newcastle. This year will go down as the year of the Tufted Titmouse at Bill Carroll’s in Loggieville!

Five more species were reported since the Feb. 1 preliminary report of 70 species. These were the Cooper’s Hawk (2 occurrences with photos), Carolina Wren (photo), Red Crossbill (photo), Ring-necked Pheasant (photo), and Boreal Chickadee, missed earlier on Dec. 13 when Vanessa Hébert posted her sighting to eBird. Please refer to the attached list for further details.

There’s also a chance that someone has seen a species in Northumberland County from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 that is still missing from the list. Some possible examples are: Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, or other warbler species. If anyone has seen or heard any of these or others, please email me with the date. location, and if possible, a photo at: mcleodda

Thanks to all for making this winter so successful bird-wise!


2020-21 Northumberland County Winter Bird List final Mar 15 2021.pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | March 4, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Northern Shrike – at ease!


This usually quite elusive predator is difficult to photograph but this morning it spent almost half an hour just outside my window, preening and looking about. It may have had a recent meal as it didn’t pursue some Redpolls that were about 40 feet away.


Posted by: PMGDD | March 3, 2021

Nature Miramichi -Feeding the birds in winter


My brother keeps a path shovelled to his bird feeders…a challenge this year. Donna Savoy

Posted by: PMGDD | February 25, 2021

One Dies so One Can Live

From: David McLeod <>

Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:34 PM

Subject: Re: Nature Miramichi – One dies so one can live

Hi Donna,

Judging by the size of this hawk, it looks like a Cooper’s Hawk (length16.5″) compared to the European Starling (length 8.5″), because this one looks about twice as long.  The vertical streaking on the underside and the yellow iris indicate it to be a juvenile bird.  At 11″ in length, the similar Sharp-shinned Hawk would be only 3.5″ longer which is not the case here.

Pam sent me a photo of a Cooper’s Hawk taken by David Shannon at Ritchie Wharf on Jan. 30, 2021, but this one was an adult bird with the rusty horizontal cross-barring of the underside.  This species has been rare in the Miramichi area in the past, but several sighting have been made over the past three years, so perhaps they are permanently extending their range northward similar to the Northern Cardinal due to global warming.

Thanks to you and Deanna for sharing her photo.


Posted by: PMGDD | February 24, 2021

Nature Miramichi – One dies so one can live


Posted by: PMGDD | February 24, 2021

Nature Miramichi – Redpoll action at the Pallet Feeder


From: Jim Saunders <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:26 PM
Subject: Redpoll action at the Pallet Feeder

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