16.29 | Nature Notes (Aug 17-23)

Photo of Piping Plovers (juveniles)
Piping Plovers (juveniles) | Biddeford, ME | 20 Aug 2016

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

  • the rare Little Egret continues in Biddeford Pool
  • juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in the marsh along Harbor Road, Wells, and at least one more continuing at Great Pond, Biddeford Pool
  • 7 Piping Plovers and 1 Baird's Sandpiper at the Basket Island Causeway, Hills Beach, Biddeford
  • 4 Piping Plovers, 25 Laughing Gulls, and 24 Least Terns (including 6+ fluffy juveniles) at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport
  • 500+ Swallows (presumably mostly Tree Swallows) over Stage Island, K'port
  • 3 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Little Blue Heron (juvenile), 2 Green Herons, 14 Bank Swallows, and 3 Bobolink at the Sanford Lagoons
  • 35 Northern Gannets observed from Great Hill Rd., Kennebunk
  • Canada Hawkweed (Hieracium kalmii), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Giant Knotweed (Fallopia sachalinensis), and Tall Rattlesnake-root (Nabalus altissimus) flowering
  • Black Cherry, Choke Cherry, Common Blackberry, and Black Elderberry have ripe fruit

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