Quiz #167: Tree

Today's mystery tree grows wild in much of the eastern United States, including parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and occurs elsewhere in New England as an ornamental tree. These photos were taken on an overcast morning earlier this week, in Unity, ME. Identify this deciduous tree.

Photo of Quiz #167: Tree

Photo of Quiz #167: Tree

I’ll reveal the answer on Monday. For now, leave your guess in the comments below.

16.44 | Nature Notes (Nov 30 – Dec 6)

Photo of Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Wells, ME | 2 Dec 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine included:

  • 12+ Pine Grosbeaks (FOY) on Ward Hill Rd. in Unity
  • 4 Pine Grosbeaks along Rt. 7 in Jackson
  • 1 continuing Bullock's Oriole in downtown Camden
  • 1 female Black-throated Blue Warbler visiting a backyard feeder in Portland
  • 2 King Eiders (a 1st-winter male and an unknown age female) on the Fore River in Portland, near the Portland Fish Pier

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Low Tide Life: Northern Moon Snail

Photo of Northern Moon Snail

Back in August, while wading in knee-deep water at a local beach, I noticed dozens if not hundreds of Northern Moon Snails (Euspira heros) slowly plowing through the sand. Having been familiar with their shells (empty, washed-ashore ones, that is) for years, I was thrilled to find some occupied dwellings.

The almost transparent bodies of Northern Moon Snails appear much too big for their shells, but as I experienced first hand, when picked up, individuals push water out of their shells and bodies and manage to squeeze into their nearly round homes without much trouble. A perfectly sized, flat operculum serves as the snug door a snail shuts to complete this marine magic trick.

These mollusks live in intertidal and, more commonly, subtidal waters along the New England coastline (and elsewhere) where they seek out meals in the form of Atlantic Surf Clams and other shellfish.

Bonus quiz: Find and identify the other mollusk in one of the following photos.

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16.43 | Nature Notes (Nov 23-29)

Photo of Shorebirds
Mixed Shorebirds | Biddeford Pool, ME | 25 Nov 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine included:

  • an immature male Bullock's Oriole (Lifer!) visiting a feeder at a private home in Camden

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