17.09 | Nature Notes (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

Photo of Gulls
Gulls | Augusta, ME | 2 Mar 2017

Highlights of the Week

On Church Hill Road in Augusta, a gull-filled field contained 1 immature Glaucous Gull (FOY), 40 Great Black-backed Gulls, and a staggering 1600+ Herring Gulls.

During a midday high tide at the Scarborough Marsh, I observed 1 Snow Goose among hundreds of Canada Geese, 1 Northern Shoveler (FOY), 5+ Gadwall, and 1 Peregrine Falcon.

I observed American Woodcocks (FOY) displaying in both morning and evening twilight. Other FOYs for me included Killdeer, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Turkey Vulture. And, amazingly, near the foundation of a house, Jenny noticed the first tiny flowers of Hairy Bitter-cress.

Wild Edible of the Week

I tapped a Red Maple tree this week, with hopes of gathering and drinking several cups of slightly sweet sap. Unfortunately, most days were simply too cold for sap flow, so I was able to obtain only about a pint of precious liquid. (I hope to obtain more sap in the coming weeks, as conditions allow.)

Moon Challenge Report

My latest challenge, to record the calls of 15 species of birds or amphibians with my new sound recording equipment, is off to a slow start. So far, I've recorded an American Woodcock (link to audio) and a Black-capped Chickadee (link to audio).

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

On a clear night, locate the Big Dipper and the North Star.


 

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