April 2011 Blog Posts (8)

Spring in Pelerin Part 2

    Yesterday night was an orchestra of spring sounds. The Spring Peepers and the Wood Frogs were singing loudly. I also heard the beautiful song of a Hermit Thrush. We went outside in the field when the sun set and heard and saw an American Woodcock making a nasally MEEP noise. The Bitterns were making their gulping noises which echoed in the night.Wilson's Snipe's were fluttering through the air, their wing making a whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop noise. We went closer to the trees and heard…

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Added by Olivia Doucet on April 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Spring in Pelerin

         Spring has arrived on our small farm in Pelerin! There are various birds at our feeder station we have set up in our backyard. I certainly love the shy little American Tree Sparrows. They love the millet we have set in between mossy stones placed on the ground.

         AMERICAN TREE SPARROW…

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Added by Olivia Doucet on April 28, 2011 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Lady Beetlemania!

Hello all,

Over the last several years I have become rather interested at monitoring the Lady Beetles on our property. They are beautiful and fascinating beetles and have long been revered and appreciated for many good reasons. There are many ways of finding Lady Beetles, but a good old fashioned search, checking out every nook and cranny, is not a bad way. You can also sift for them through leaf litter, or use a net to sweep through the vegetation. This works well when the vegetation…

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Added by Denis A. Doucet on April 26, 2011 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Miramichi Marsh

The Tree Swallows were there today (April 25) as were 3 Pied-billed Grebes. Have seen so far this spring, Marsh Hawk, pr Wilson Snipes, Kestral as well as the usual C. Geese etc. ... Red-winged Blackbirds there last Friday ... more today ... its not been ice free for long. Water levels very high. Peter

Added by Peter Gadd on April 25, 2011 at 9:33pm — No Comments

What's in my backyard!

This snow storm has brought out all the birds.  Yesterday & today I've had 18 different species here. Song sparrow,  Amer Tree Sparrow, Chickadee,   Juncos,  Blue Jay,  Crow,  Mourning Dove,  Pigeon,  Grackle,  RW Blackbird,  Brown-headed Cowbird.   Starlings,  Redpolls.  Goldfinch,  Pine Siskins,   Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, &  Red-breasted Nuthatch.    It was refreshing to see & hear them all.

Added by Julia Connell on April 21, 2011 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

My Nature Blog- Volume 2: The Short-eared Owl

“I rejoice that there are Owls”...

The famous American naturalist Henry David Thoreau coined this phrase well over a century ago. I sometimes wonder if he was thinking of the Short-eared Owl in particular when he said it. I definitely agree with his statement, regardless of which owl (or owls) he was thinking about. Owls are my favourite group of birds. And, since April is really “owl month” for me, when most of our native owls…

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Added by Denis A. Doucet on April 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Cliff Swallow Nest Site

There had been some talk of building an alternative nest site for swallows in the Royal Oaks development.  I was on board in an effort to stop a repeat of last year where upwards of 50 Cliff Swallow nests were destroyed.  

I haven't been in contact with anyone recently and with the latest in the news I suspect building the wall on Royal Oaks property is not likely.

My question... does anyone know of another site near the area that would be suitable and who the contact people…

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Added by Dwayne Biggar on April 21, 2011 at 9:04am — 2 Comments

Nature Blog- The Northern Saw-whet Owl

Hi! Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a long series of short blogs on nature-related subjects in our wonderful province of New Brunswick. In this installment, I’d like to talk to you about the Northern Saw-whet Owl, a little owl that is truly one of the most fascinating denizens of the forests here in New Brunswick. 



Did you know that it was the discovery of a “brand-new” species of owl back in the late 1700s (around 1788) in Nova Scotia that actually prompted German…

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Added by Denis A. Doucet on April 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

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