Here are some nature notes from around southern Maine:
- flowering Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis), Sugar Maple, Norway Maple, and Sweet-fern
- 7 Canada Goose goslings (with parents), 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Wilson's Snipe, and 4 singing Louisiana Waterthrush at Sanford Lagoons
- 2 Willet (FOY) near mouth of Mousam River, Kennebunk
- 12 Black-bellied Plovers (FOY) on mudflat viewed from Mile Stretch Rd., Biddeford Pool
- Black-and-white Warbler (FOY) and Black-throated Green Warbler (FOY) and Ovenbird (FOY) on Guinea Rd., Kennebunkport
- Great Horned Owl (calling), 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (FOY), and Gray Catbird (FOS) at Emmons Preserve, K'port
- American Bittern (FOY) on West St., Biddeford [thanks to Kevin for spotting this bird]
- Eastern Phoebe nest with 2 eggs at York County Community College, Wells
- a continuing rare White-eyed Vireo (FOY) at Timber Point Trail, Biddeford and continuing very rare Little Egret (FOY) at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
- dead Minke Whale in Horseshoe Cove, along Granite Point Rd., Biddeford [photo on Flickr]
And, on a trip to Massachusetts, I saw two FOY's: a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in South Grafton, MA and a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in South Hampton, NH.
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