16.26 | Nature Notes (Jul 27 – Aug 2)

Photo of Red Knot
Red Knot | Biddeford, ME | 29 Jul 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

  • Southbound shorebird migrants this week included a Red Knot, a White-rumped Sandpiper, a small number of Ruddy Turnstones, and the season's first juvenile Least Sandpipers
  • 15+ Cliff Swallows and 15+ Barn Swallows along Downing Road, Arundel
  • continuing Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Great Pond, 1st St., Biddeford Pool (other observers reported as many as 4 YCNH juveniles at this location)
  • several clumps of flowering Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) attracted various wasps, bees, and butterflies including Thread-waisted Wasp, Great Spangled Fritillary, Cabbage White, Pearl Crescent, and American Lady
  • Forked Bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum), Rosy Meadowsweet (Spiraea tomentosa), Arrow-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata), Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense), Common Burdock,  Common Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), and Lowland Yellow-loosestrife (Lysimachia hybrida) flowering

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