Here are some nature notes from around York and Cumberland County, Maine:
- 6 Palm Warblers, 2 Field Sparrows, 2 Vesper Sparrows (FOY), 3 Savannah Sparrows, and 2 Eastern Meadowlarks at Kennebunk Plains
- Northern Shoveler (drake), Northern Harrier (adult male), and 2 Louisiana Waterthrush (FOY) at Sanford Lagoons
- Common Garter Snake (FOY) and Spring Azure butterfly (FOY) in Wells
- 2 Greater Yellowlegs (FOY) and 2 Fish Crows along Harbor Rd., Wells
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (FOY) and newly emerged American Trout-lily leaves at Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport
- Barn Swallow (FOY) at Lord's Pond, Biddeford
- Sharp-shinned Hawks (FOY), Broad-winged Hawks (FOY), American Kestrels, Ospreys and other raptors at Bradbury Mountain State Park (hawk watch), Pownal
- 2 Great Horned Owls (adult and owlet) at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland
- 2 American Oystercatchers (FOY) at Pine Point, Scarborough
- Japanese Barberry, Rambler Rose, Autumn-olive and many other non-native shrubs have small leaves (most native shrubs need a bit more time)
- notable flowering plants: Little Bluet (Houstonia caerulea), Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Common Stitchwort, and Leatherleaf
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What natural happenings have you noticed in the last week? I invite you to share your observations in the comments section of today's post.