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Killdeer | Fortunes Rocks Beach, Biddeford, ME | 17 Mar 2017

Highlights of the Week

This week's widespread refreeze concentrated ducks along open rivers. On a section of the Saco River between Biddeford and Saco, I observed 37 Wood Ducks and ~525 Mallards -- both high counts for me at a single location in Maine.

Though earlier sightings of Killdeer have been in snow-free farm fields, this week the only Killdeer I observed were at the snow-free coastline, on sand and feeding among the wrack at Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford.

FOY bird sightings were limited to an unexpected early Hermit Thrush spotted while driving and a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting near the bird feeders at Emmons Preserve.

Wild Edible of the Week

Utilizing Choke Cherry fruits from my freezer, I enjoyed pink Choke Cherry juice and jello several times this week.

Moon Challenge Report

Despite many windy days, I recorded the calls of 4 more bird species: Cedar Waxwing (link to audio); and European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, and Killdeer (link to audio).

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

On a clear or mostly clear morning, get outside early to witness sunrise.


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