Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) is a weedy plant of European origin who thrives in disturbed soil. Here in southern Maine, I most often find Wild Radish at the beach, growing above the high-tide line alongside American Sea-rocket, Saltwort, Beach Rose, and Beach Vetchling. Flowering plants stand about 2 feet tall and are topped with yellow, 4-parted flowers. On sunny days, Cabbage White butterflies frequently visit the blossoms. Continue reading
I was walking a local nature trail and momentarily lost in thought, when I almost stepped on a strikingly white Porcupine. A twiggy branch was blocking the narrow trail and partially obscuring the quiet mammal, as she (or he) munched away on the green leaves, leaving behind just a fringe of blade on each leaf stalk. (The next photo shows some uneaten leaves. With these photo clues, can you guess the tree species?) Continue reading
Identify the following tree climbing mammal. (Photographed in Kennebunkport, ME on August 1, 2014.)
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This July, I added three species to my bird Life List, including this striking Black Skimmer at Hills Beach in Biddeford, ME. Black Skimmers regularly nest along the Atlantic coast from New York south and occasionally visit and even nest in New England. Continue reading
While snacking on Canada Dwarf-dogwood fruit, I noticed this Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia) patrolling a section of a wooded path. The Northern Pearly-eye is somewhat similar, but has a larger central “eye”, more scalloped wing edges, and grayer coloration (with wings closed). (Photos taken in Kennebunkport, ME on August 1, 2014.)