17.04 | Nature Notes (Jan 22-28)

Photo of Green Ash twig
Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) twig | Biddeford, ME | 26 Jan 2017

Highlights of the Week

I joined three other birders hoping to see the Great Gray Owl in Milford. Our 3+ hour search yielded 2 Gray Jays, 1 Barred Owl, and no sign of the Great Gray.

3 American Pipits continue to forage among the washed ashore seaweed on Curtis Cove beach at Timber Point in Biddeford.

2 King Eiders (a female and an immature male) and 3 immature Iceland Gulls continue to hang out near the Portland Fish Pier, and on Sunday, 1 Thick-billed Murre was very near the pier.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed several cups of Eastern Hemlock needle tea. I prepared the tea similarly to last week's Balsam Fir tea, though the needles of one hand-sized branchlet were enough for a flavorful result.

Moon Challenge Report

My Tree Twig Moon began on Friday. So far, I've photographed three species and sketched two.

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

Forage (the plant material for), prepare, and drink a cup of wild tea.


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2 thoughts on “17.04 | Nature Notes (Jan 22-28)”

    1. Hi Dan: I think this Green Ash was growing wild. According to Go Botany, Green Ash grows throughout Maine, preferring wetter situations than the similar White Ash (F. americana). I found this tree not far from a small river in coastal Biddeford. I can’t say I’ve noticed this species that much in the field, but I think that’s in part because I spend more time in dry uplands than forested wetlands.

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