17.10 | Nature Notes (Mar 5-11)

Photo of Greater Scaup (male)
Greater Scaup (male) | Biddeford, ME | 10 Mar 2017

Highlights of the Week

A group of 4 Snow Geese spent a few days on the golf course in Biddeford Pool. Nearby, I observed about a dozen Canada Geese submerge themselves (albeit briefly) in the newly open water of Etherington Pond. I've seen geese bathe at the surface before, but these birds went completely under!

I observed Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup (FOY) separately and mixed together this week, which afforded me excellent opportunities to study the structural differences between these similar species.

Other sightings of note included 5 Dunlin (FOY) in Biddeford Pool, 2 Northern Shovelers and a Great Blue Heron in Wells, 1 vocal Red-shouldered Hawk (FOY) in Kennebunkport, and several Eastern Chipmunks throughout my travels.

Wild Edible of the Week

This week, I incorporated dehydrated Black Trumpet mushrooms (from a couple of summers ago) into several of my meals.

I was also able to collect more than a half-gallon of Red Maple sap on one warm day (to make up for last week's nearly complete lack of sap). I've been enjoying it raw and using it as a soup base.

Moon Challenge Report

I recorded the calls of 7 more bird species: Brown Creeper, American Goldfinch, and American Tree Sparrow (link to audio); Pileated Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch (link to audio); Blue Jay (link to audio); and American Robin (link to audio).

I'd also like to share with you a new podcast by nature recordist Lang Elliot called The Music of Nature (check out the first installment). The soundscapes he's sharing may be from outside of New England, but they're nonetheless inspiring.

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

Observe a drumming woodpecker.


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