Here are some nature notes from around southern Maine:
- 500+ Tree Swallows, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 Cliff Swallow, 2+ Lapland Longspurs (FOY), and 2 "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows in marsh behind the former Hattie's Restaurant in Biddeford Pool
- 1 Wood Duck, ~40 American Black Ducks, ~50 Mallards, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 10 Northern Pintails, and ~30 Green-winged Teal at Lords Pond, Fortunes Rocks Rd., Biddeford
- I tallied 20 species of shorebirds in the first 4 days of October, including 4 American Oystercatchers, 1 American Golden-Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Marbled Godwit, 45 Ruddy Turnstones, 8 Red Knots, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 4 Greater Yellowlegs, and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs
- Yam-leaved Virgin’s-bower (Clematis terniflora) flowering
- Staghorn Sumac, Red Maple, Poison-ivy, Virginia-creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), and Blackberry (Rubus spp.) are sporting brilliantly purple and red leaves
Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine included:
- Swainson's Hawk (Lifer!) at the Millinocket Municipal Airport
- 5 Ruddy Ducks (FOY) at Sebasticook Lake, Newport
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