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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