17.07 | Nature Notes (Feb 12-18)

Photo of Red Maple flower buds
Red Maple flower buds | Biddeford, ME | 18 Feb 2017

Highlights of the Week

While observing squirrel and mouse tracks in the snow near the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, an unfamiliar sound caught my attention. The party responsible turned out to be a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (who'd been photographed by another birder the previous day). Sapsuckers are uncommon/rare in Maine during the white season.

A familiar smell led me to some fresh Striped Skunk tracks along the snow-covered trail at East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool.

At Diamond Riverside Park in Saco, a Song Sparrow sang repeatedly from a thicket by the river. I'm fairly certain he was the first Song Sparrow I've heard sing in 2017.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed four cups of Eastern White Pine needle tea this week utilizing a few cut branches left by a tree trimming company. For each cup, I chopped up a pinky-thick bundle of needles, covered with boiling water, and let sit, covered, for 8 minutes.

Moon Challenge Report

My Tree Twig Moon continues. I've photographed and sketched 14 species.

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

Spend 10 minutes looking for active insects outside your home.


 

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