Posted by: PMGDD | January 19, 2019

2018-19 Northumberland County Winter Bird List

From: David McLeod <mcleodda@nbnet.nb.ca>
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:49 PM
Subject: 2018-19 Northumberland County Winter Bird List

Hi Everyone:

Sorry for the delay in getting the winter bird list out to you, but please find attached a copy of the list as of Jan. 18 containing 53 species to date, far short of last year’s record of 78.

Last winter there was much more open water in Miramichi Bay and River well into late December, so we had 21 waterfowl species (ducks, geese, loons, grebes, cormorants) compared to only 8 this year when the bay and river were almost iced over by late November. Aldo had also added a late Dunlin and Black-bellied Plover at Neguac last year on Dec. 1, but we have no shorebird species this year.

However, we do have some nice first-ever additions to the list; namely the Carolina Wren and Cooper’s Hawk reported by Peter and Deana and both were photographed by Peter at their feeders in Newcastle. I guess this should make up for the loss of the Mistle Thrush at the same location last year that hasn’t been reported since!! This is the first time we’ve had all three accipiter hawk species (Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, plus Northern Goshawk) on the list in the same winter.

Another good find was the Snowy Owl in Nelson on Dec. 4 which was photographed by Karen Doyle and first reported by Donna Savoy. Last year we missed the snowy, but did have Barred Owl, still missing from this year’s list. Julia’s female Northern Cardinal at her feeder in Chatham Head on Dec. 1, and Patricia’s male cardinal at her feeder throughout December, were also very good sightings. Aldo’s report and photo of a Chipping Sparrow on Dec. 4 in Neguac, and the Common Grackle sighting in Sunny Corner by Holly, Sonya and Cheryl during the CBC on Dec. 15, are good examples of summer breeding residents that have decided not to migrate south, but to hang around the area this year, and so are not expected to be on the winter list every year.

Other still-missing possible species include Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Ring-necked Pheasant, Barred, Great Horned, and Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Black-backed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Several songbirds have yet to be reported, including members of the warbler, sparrow, blackbird and finch families, like Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, White-breasted Nuthatch, Boreal Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Pine or Yellow-rumped Warblers, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, and White-winged Crossbill.

Please check the list carefully to ensure all the birds you have already reported are on it and that the added details are accurate. Also, please let me know of any additions you may have, including the observation date and location, and if there is any photo documentation.

With just under 1.5 months still to go, we should be able to increase the final total considerably. Thanks for all your help.

Dave

2018-19 Northumberland County Winter Bird List, preliminary, Jan. 19, 2019.docx

Posted by: PMGDD | January 12, 2019

February 5 Nature Miramichi

From: Pamela Watters <watterspj3@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:33 PM
Subject: February 5 Nature Miramichi

Miramichi Naturalists February Meeting

Our Small Rodent Community and Those That Depend on Them

Presenter: Nelson Poirier

The small rodents may be some of the most populous members of Mother Nature’s community and are no doubt some of the most significant members of that community in providing food to mammals and birds up the food chain that we all appreciate so much such as owls and other raptors as well as some of the larger wild mammals like foxes, wild cats, coyote, weasels, mink, etc.

As numerous as the small rodents are, we don’t often get to see them due to their secretive, nocturnal, and sometimes only ground-level life. Let’s spend a few moments in getting to know these smaller creatures by their first names and learn about their very interesting life and times. At the same time, let’s become aware of the critters whose existence depends upon the population of the small rodent community.

February 5 – Nelson Poirier, Underground and Terrestrial Rodents of New Brunswick

March 5 – Mark Hambrook, Miramichi Salmon Association

April 2 – Alex Dalton and Virginia Noble, WildResearch Nightjar Survey in New Brunswick

May 7 – Lewnanny Richardson, Species at Risk Biologist, Nature NB

June 4 – Field trip to Miramichi Marsh

Snowshoe Excursion – Saturday January 19th – Morrison’s Cove – Time TBA

Snowshoe Excursion – Escuminac Point area – March, Specific day and time TBA

Posted by: PMGDD | November 22, 2018

Nature Miramichi – Dec 4th Meeting – Details

Hi All,

Just a reminder that Nature Miramichi will be having its annual Christmas Pot Luck supper on Tuesday December 4th at the Nelson Senior Citizen Centre.

This will be at 6:00 p.m. rather than the usual 6:30 p.m.

It had been suggested that for a program on this occasion we have a members night. It has been decided to go one step further:

All members are encouraged to participate in a “Nature Show and Tell”. Perhaps you have an interesting item at home, such as a carving, a picture, a book, a magazine article etc. that you would like to share with others.

Perhaps you have had an experience in nature that you would like to share. Perhaps a photo. Perhaps you have a mini-presentation (technology will be available). Perhaps you have a plant, a cone, etc. that you found on a trail that you are curious about or you think others might find interesting. Something from overseas? This is intended to be an opportunity to share with fellow club members. I am sure it will not be dull … (what might Jim pull out from the bed of his pick-up!)

We will also of course have our usual discussion of recent sightings, experiences and concerns.

If we can find someone who can play the piano … perhaps we can have a Christmas Carol or two!!!!

Put your thinking caps on ….

Peter

(on behalf of club president Jim Saunders)

Posted by: PMGDD | November 15, 2018

Project Feeder Watch – off to a good start

From: Peter Gadd <gadd1313>
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2018 9:25 PM
Subject: Project Feeder Watch – off to a good start

Hi,

I thought I would follow-up the comments about Project Feeder Watch I made recently. Deana and I had our first day today and with the cold this morning things were quite busy. We ended the day with 16 species in the area of our feeders. I am happy to say that the Carolina Wren is still with us, certainly for breakfast each morning and through the day with brief visits. We were having a lot of White-throated Sparrows all fall but now only four are taking advantage of us. However we did have 11 Dark-eyed Juncos dining on the popular patio lawn, one female showing some leucism, photo attached. A list of the birds we had today are on eBird at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49900570 .

This afternoon we braved a cold wind and spent a bit more than an hour on Hay Island. There were a dozen or so Snow Buntings and two Horned Larks. There were two brave juvenile Black-bellied Plover and one other elusive shorebird who kept its identity a secret. There was one Great Blue Heron, quite possibly just passing through on its way to somewhere warmer!

Peter

Posted by: PMGDD | May 11, 2018

Maple Glen Owl Survey 2018

Posted by: PMGDD | April 28, 2018

Two Birds to Check-out ASAP if you can.

I just came back from the Newcastle Water Treatment Lagoon. There are two pair of REDHEADs (ducks) … very uncommon. I let Pam and Phil know and they came along. As we were looking at the many ducks in the lagoon Pam noticed a large white bird flying nearby. We tracked it down to the wet area behind Atlantic Super Store (Miramichi Mall) … a GREAT EGRET …. Also very rare. Both species where there when we left them.

Egret Photos – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeSXoyA

Peter

Hi There,

Please find attached an up-to-date list of spring arrivals to Northumberland Co.

Additions since the April 20th edition are in bold type.

Thanks to all who have contributed …

Most outstanding omission to date might be a Killdeer … they are certain to be around!

Please let me know of errors or omissions

Peter

Nature Miramichi, Northumberland County Returning Migrant Birds – 2018 as of April 25.pdf

Posted by: PMGDD | April 10, 2018

Field trip to La Cedriere

From: Pamela Watters <watterspj3@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2018 4:16 PM
Subject: Field trip to La Cedriere

Nine of us enjoyed a nice outing at La Cedriere this morning. The conditions were perfect – not too much wind, so not too wavy.

We had good looks at Black Scoters – some were quite close to shore, and we heard their whistling calls. Through our scopes we could see TONS of sea ducks far out on the horizon, but too far off to identify. We also saw many Common Eider, as well as a flock of Brant. For a full list of the birds we saw, please check out our ebird list below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44369290

We stopped at Dave’s place to check out his feeders on our way back and added quite a few species there. Dave always has a nice assortment of birds enjoying his buffet! It was nice to see 2 Song Sparrows and to hear one of them tentatively trying out his song! Our checklist is below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44369409

Our final place to check was Oak Point, where Peter guaranteed that we would see a flock of Snow Buntings … and we did see them!

Thanks everyone for a great outing!

Posted by: PMGDD | February 18, 2018

Black-backed Woodpecker

Deana and I took a drive on Hwy 108 today, the Renous-Plaster Rock Highway. We only went about 40 km along. There have been some interesting sightings on 108 over the last few weeks. We didn’t see clearly all that we had hoped but did get some very good looks at a Black-backed Woodpecker, which seems to be more very dark blue than black. Photo attached. As of the other day this bird had not made it to the Northumberland County Winter Bird List. Peter

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