Highlights of the Week
I located an active North American Porcupine den in a large, partially hollow Northern Red Oak. In addition to hearing sounds from the creature, I noted fresh scat and a white quill near the cavity entrance.
I've seen two species of warblers so far this year: a rare Orange-crowned Warbler, who's been feeding in the wrack line at Pond Cove in Cape Elizabeth since 23 Dec 2016, and a small number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, who regularly overwinter at select coastal sites.
Wild Edible of the Week
On Saturday, I gathered two dozen Common Periwinkles during the midday low tide. At home, I rinsed them off, boiled them in water for 2 or 3 minutes, drained the water, and one-by-one removed them from their shells with a pin and ate them. Delicious!
Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)
In your travels this week, locate at least three trees/shrubs currently holding red fruit. If you already know of three such plants, then check on them this week to see if any wildlife are feeding on them.
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