Friday, March 29, 2013

Signs oF spring from NATURENB

White-breasted Nuthatch in Algonquin Provincia...
White-breasted Nuthatch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Signs of Spring from NatureNB

Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:17:36 -0300
From: Katherine and Harold Popma
Subject: Ft. Beausejour Report

week 50

Dramatic skies, migration starting...what an exciting day at the fort.
As the dark snow squalls hit the Cobequid Hills in the distance, and
Shepody Mtn. shone in bright sunlight at the same time to the west, a
flock of 120 ducks arrived and circled the fields. At the same time, I
spotted 40 newly arrived Canada Geese, and a male Northern Harrier came
by just to make sure I noticed things were indeed happening. There were
Mallards and Black Ducks, possibly part of the overwintering flocks on
the Tantramar River, but they seemed very happy in the newly opened
ponds on the impoundments. Just tennis court size, they must have been
very inviting nonetheless. The Upper Bay of Fundy and the fort have
come back to life and the early arrivals are indeed welcome at last.

species seen or heard: Black Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Iceland Gull,
Northern Harrier, Raven, Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted
Nuthatch.

# species this visit: 9
# species for the year; 86

Kathy P
Sackville
PS along with all the above news, the first GRACKLES appeared on our
street in town today too

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Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:01:27 -0300
From: Ian Cameron
Subject: Birds in Quispamsis today

In Quispamsis today, our first American Robin of the year, and three
Cardinals heard singing at different locations during a one-hour walk. At
Meenan's Cove, three Hooded Mergansers, among numerous commoner ducks, and
a lone Canada Goose.

Ian Cameron
Quispamsis

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Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:06:55 -0300
From: Joanne savage
Subject: at home this weekend

On Friday I noticed on Common Grackle; yesterday
there were 2. There will soon be many.

Species yesterday:
American Goldfinch, numerous Common Redpolls,
American Tree Sparrows [5], Hairy, Downey, Red-
Bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers, Dark-eyed Junco
[25], Crow, Starling, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal,
Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch [2], Brown Creeper,
Robin [fat and bright].

This morning eight Turkey Vultures soared over the back
yard and a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew in [immature]; it
left with empty talons.

Joanne Savage
Quispamsis

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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:34:33 -0300
From: Stuart Tingley
Subject: Waterbird Migration past Cape Enrage - afternoon of March 24, 2013

I spent much of yesterday afternoon in coastal Albert County beginning
with a short (30-minute) hawk watch from the yard of the New Horton
Baptist Church from 1:30-2:00 pm. Two adult RED-TAILED HAWKS were in
obvious migration mode passing overhead rapidly in direct powered flight
to the northeast during that time.

I then relocated to the tip of Cape Enrage and did a sea watch from
2:45-5:00 pm. During that period eight small flocks of COMMON EIDERS
totalling 495 and one flock of 13 GREAT CORMORANTS (all adults in
breeding plumage) passed by rapidly heading northeast. Just offshore
throughout the observation period were two small but very vocal flocks
of BLACK SCOTERS (total of 75) and a group of 15 GREATER SCAUP.

Good Birding,

Stu Tingley
Shediac, NB