Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:
- Southbound shorebird migrants this week included Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers, and Short-billed Dowitchers
- Wilson's Storm-Petrels, Cory's Shearwaters (FOY), other unidentified shearwaters, and Northern Gannets seen while seawatching along Ocean Avenue in Biddeford Pool
- Grasshopper, Field, Vesper, Savannah, and Song Sparrows, and acres of Common Milkweed flowering, at California Fields Wildlife Area, Plains Rd., Hollis
- Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Veeries, Hermit Thrushes, and Eastern Towhees during sunset walk along Hardscrabble Rd., Hollis
- I gathered the fruits of Shadbush, Blueberry, and Hairy-stemmed Gooseberry
- Monarch butterflies and Ebony Jewelwing damselflies
- Common Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Mountain Crane's-bill (Geranium robertianum), Elliptic-leaved Shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica), and American Shinleaf (P. americana) flowering
- Red-billed Tropicbird (Life Bird!), 8+ Great Cormorants, 2 Common Murre, many Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Atlantic Puffins, Common and Arctic Terns, and more, at and around Seal Island NWR, Knox Co.
- 2 Northern Gannets, many adult terns carrying fish back to chicks on islands, and dozens of Harbor Seals seen while motoring to/from Seal Island
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