17.05 | Nature Notes (Jan 29 – Feb 4)

Photo of Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl | Biddeford Pool, ME | 3 Feb 2017

Highlights of the Week

At East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool, I photographed a Snowy Owl who'd been reported the previous day. Along nearby Ocean Avenue, I photographed a flock of approximately 400 Purple Sandpipers (by far the largest PUSA flock I've seen anywhere), as well as an uncommon/rare Lesser Black-backed Gull on an island with Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls.

On two afternoons, I observed a continuing Short-eared Owl hunting the back dunes of Reid State Park in Georgetown.

In Owls Head Harbor, a 2nd-winter Mew Gull, believed to be the same rare bird seen there one year ago, continues.

Wild Edible of the Week

I drank several cups of Sweet-fern leaf tea. The leaves were gathered and dried in September of 2015, but remain quite fragrant. I used about a half tablespoon of dried leaves per mug of tea.

Moon Challenge Report

My Tree Twig Moon continues. I've photographed 7 species and sketched 6.

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

Take 10 minutes to sketch a tree or shrub twig.


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