Common Terns are by far the most numerous tern species in New England. In Maine, the majority of Common Terns nest in colonies on off-shore islands, where mammal predation and human disturbance is at a minimum and small fish are plentiful. Continue reading
The genus Rubus contains many familiar wild edible fruit that grow on upright, arching canes (e.g., Common Blackberry, Red Raspberry, and Black Raspberry), as well as species who creep or trail along the ground, like Northern Blackberry (R. flagellaris, pictured here), who is also known as Northern Dewberry or Common Dewberry. Continue reading
Least Terns are the smallest of Maine’s five species of breeding terns. They typically nest on beaches, and face many of the same challenges as Piping Plovers. Indeed, both species are listed as endangered by the state of Maine. I know of two nesting colonies here in York County, Maine: one at the mouth of the Little River, which separates Wells and Kennebunk, and another on Stratton Island (~3 miles east of Old Orchard Beach).
This juvenile Least Tern is doing his/her best to blend in with the sand and rocks, while an alert adult looks on. Continue reading
Calico Pennants (Celithemis elisa) are colorful dragonflies who forage over fields and near wetlands. Often times, they will perch on the tips of grass stalks (or other leafy plants), where they sometimes allow a close approach. Males are red and black; females and immature males are black and yellow. Continue reading