Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) is a native shrub who offers edible fruit in late summer and early fall. During the white season, the terminal buds of Nannyberry look like a bird’s head with a long bill, similar to the buds of Withe-rod. The two outer scales of the above pictured bud have begun to spread apart, but the bird’s head can still be seen within. Continue reading
Identify the following shrub with edible (though mostly unripe in this photo) fruit. Hint: The shrub displays opposite branching and typically grows near water. (Photographed in Biddeford, ME on August 17, 2014.)
I’ll reveal the answer on Monday. For now, leave your guess in the comments below.
Having documented the growth cycle of American Hazelnut last year, I decided to track Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta) this year. The flowers and leaf shape of the two species are similar, but the developing fruits differ noticeably. While I regularly encounter Beaked Hazelnut shrubs, they’re typically shaded densely and produce few if any fruits. Continue reading
Ruddy Turnstones are stout, orange-legged coastal shorebirds who feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates. Their backs are chestnut and black during breeding season and a duller grayish brown in the off-season.