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 ….


(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


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 .

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!


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 –


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


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 <>
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:

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:

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

Posted by: PMGDD | January 22, 2018

Mistle Thrush still present as of January 22.

Seen most frequently at the top of MacMillan Dr., Miramichi, most reliably at first light.

Recent video clip – January 18, 2018

Posted by: PMGDD | December 20, 2017

Wed. Dec. 20 MT

The Mistle Thrush made a brief appearance at about 8:00 a.m. but was soon frightened off by a Sharp-shinned Hawk.


Posted by: PMGDD | December 19, 2017

Mistle Thrush letting us down slowly!

The Mistle Thrush was only in our mountain ash for about an hour this morning, gone by about 9:15 and did not re-appear as far as I know. It is changing its pattern … 6 hours Sat., 4 hours Sunday, 2 hours Monday and 1 hour today. It is letting me know don’t take me for granted and one day I will be gone. It is lowering expectations.

Alain Clavette had a good look around the neighbourhood yesterday, checking out a few m. a. trees with no luck.

Thankfully, a fellow from Minnesota who was birding in Alaska 3 days ago was very pleased with his timing this morning, as were 2 people from New Hampshire. Their reactions were quite enthusiastic. Unfortunately two people from Dalhousie were not so fortunate and missed it.

If it is late in arriving tomorrow, Wednesday, I might miss it and won’t be able to send out a notice. Christmas duties beckon.

The number of visitors has slowed to a trickle but the total is close to 300, I think from 14 states and 3 provinces. Two Mexicans saw it this morning but they were exchange students walking to school. 😊

Attached are 3 plus pages about MT from a book about Thrushes owned by a visitor yesterday from Toronto. It is a hurried scan but I think legible. Details of book are in the file name. Some of you may own this book already.


Mistle Thrush from Thrushes by Peter Clement, Princeton Press 2000.pdf

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