16.14 | Nature Notes (May 4-10)

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Gray Catbird | Biddeford, ME | 8 May 2016

Here are some nature notes from around southern Maine:

  • Green Heron (FOY), 2 Virginia Rails (FOY), 2 Least Sandpipers (FOY), Chimney Swift (FOY), Bank Swallow (FOY), Cliff Swallow (FOY), and many more at the Sanford Lagoons [full report on eBird]
  • 175+ Double-crested Cormorants (with lesser numbers of Great Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Common Eiders) at nesting colony on Bumpkin Island, Kennebunkport
  • as many as 148(!) Glossy Ibis foraging in fields near Ever After Mustang Rescue on West St., Biddeford
  • 2 Lesser Yellowlegs (FOY) at Pelreco Building, and 4 Common Terns (FOY) and a Roseate Tern (FOY) at Pine Point, Scarborough
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (FOY) on Smutty Lane, Saco
  • House Wren (FOY), Nashville Warbler (FOY), Magnolia Warbler (FOY), and Black-throated Blue Warbler (FOY) at Southpoint Sanctuary, 7th St., Biddeford Pool
  • Semipalmated Plover (FOY) at the public beach in Biddeford Pool
  • 2 Northern Waterthrush (FOY), Yellow Warbler (FOY), and Baltimore Oriole (FOY) on Elphis Rd., Biddeford
  • 2 Laughing Gulls (FOY), an early, uncommon Red Knot (FOY), and 32+ Short-billed Dowitchers (FOY) along Mile Stretch Rd., Biddeford Pool
  • Common Yellowthroat (FOY) and Wilson's Warbler (FOY) on Guinea Rd., K'port
  • Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris), Wood Windflower (Anemone quinquefolia), and more than one species of Shadbush (Amelanchier spp.) flowering
  • Eastern Kingbird (FOY) at York County Community College, Wells

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Event Notice

My Rotary Park Spring Foraging Workshop has been rescheduled to this Sunday, May 15th from 2-4pm. There are still spots available. Click here for registration details.

Festival Notice

I'd also like to let you know about the Cattail Skills Gathering taking place on June 4 & 5 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Organized by friends of mine, this low-cost, community-building event celebrates the natural world, primitive skills, and bushcraft.

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