16.16 | Nature Notes (May 18-24)

Photo of Bee on Beach Plum
Bee on Beach Plum | Ogunquit, ME | 18 May 2016

Here are some nature notes from around (mostly) southern Maine:

  • singing Grasshopper Sparrow (FOY) on Maguire Rd., Kennebunk
  • 13 Northern Shovelers and a Ruff (Life Bird!) at Weskeag Marsh, South Thomaston
  • 4 Swainson's Thrushes and a Lincoln's Sparrow (FOY) at Timber Point Trail, Biddeford
  • White-faced Ibis (FOY) at Capisic Pond Park, Portland
  • migrating Common Nighthawks (FOY -- 1 on 5/21, 12+ on 5/23) over Guinea Rd., K'port
  • 225+ Double-crested Cormorants (nesting colony on Bumpkin Island), 9 Black-crowned Night-Herons (on Bumpkin Island), 1 Sora, and 12+ Purple Sandpipers along Ocean Ave., K'port
  • Willow Flycatcher (FOY) singing at Misty Harbor Resort, Mile Rd., Wells
  • 122+ Least Terns on docks in Wells Harbor
  • a few unidentified first-of-year dragonflies and damselflies near a small pond in Wells
  • at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells: Blue-winged Warbler and drumming Ruffed Grouse along the Muskie Trail; and Hooded Merganser, 2 Virginia Rails, Marsh Wren (FOY), and Nelson's Sparrow (FOY) from the Pilger Trail observation deck
  • Beach Plum, Rhodora, Hawthorn, Starflower (Lysimachia borealis), and a type of Blue-eyed-grass (Sisyrinchium sp.) flowering

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