16.27 | Nature Notes (Aug 3-9)

Photo of Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet | Biddeford Pool, ME | 5 Aug 2016

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

  • Little Egret [very rare in North America -- see ID info at Sibley Guides] with many Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, and an assortment of shorebirds at Great Pond, 1st Street, Biddeford Pool
  • Northern Gannet on a rock at the beach in Biddeford Pool [presumed sick or injured, as this pelagic species is rarely encountered on the mainland]
  • Upland Sandpiper, 3 Purple Martins, 40+ Bobolinks, Monarchs nectaring on Northern Blazing Star, White Goldenrod (Solidago bicolor) flowering, and fruit of Common Lowbush Blueberry plentiful at the Kennebunk Plains
  • 2 Primrose Moths hanging out on Evening-primrose (Oenothera sp.) flowers

Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine included:

  • 3+ Humpback Whales, 200+ Great Shearwaters (FOY), 2 Sooty Shearwaters (Life Bird!), 40+ Red-necked Phalaropes (FOY), and more on a whale watch boat trip out of Bar Harbor
  • juvenile Common Gallinule (Life Bird!) on Alder Stream Pond, Corinna

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