17.02 | Nature Notes (Jan 8-14)

Photo of Barred Owl
Barred Owl | Kennebunkport, ME | 9 Jan 2017

Highlights of the Week

I heard a few species of songbirds singing this week, including House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and a Brown Creeper.

I observed a Northern Shrike hunting from treetop perches at the California Fields Wildlife Area in Hollis.

On Wednesday evening, as the nearly full moon rose in the east, Venus (very bright) and red-tinged Mars (more subtle) were visible in the southwest sky.

Wild Edible of the Week

Photo of Digging Atlantic Surf ClamsOn Tuesday, I joined a local group of naturalists at a beach to dig clams during low tide. It took some poking around, but we were all able to unearth sizable Atlantic Surf Clams.

Back at home, I scrubbed them clean and steamed them in a pot until they opened. The flesh was tasty, though tough (I'll need to experiment with future preparation methods), and the cooking broth was wicked good!

Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)

Locate one constellation and one planet in the night sky.


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