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Eastern Bluebird (female) | Biddeford, ME | 19 Mar 2017

Highlights of the Week

On Tuesday, several vocal American Crows alerted me to the presence of a Great Horned Owl roosting near the public beach in Biddeford Pool.

On Thursday, an adult male Canvasback was found by another birder on Etherington Pond in Biddeford and subsequently seen by myself and many other people, over the next few days. Canvasbacks are rare migrants in Maine -- it'd been three years since I'd last seen one.

My first of year sightings included 2 Rusty Blackbirds in Cape Elizabeth, an American Kestrel in Kennebunkport, an adult Greater White-fronted Goose in Wells, 4+ Fish Crows in Biddeford, and a Painted Turtle sunning on a log at the edge of a pond in Biddeford.

Wild Edible of the Week

Overnight in a slow cooker, I simmered small pieces of Chaga (from my pantry) in a combination of water and Red Maple sap. The resulting dark brew was enjoyed several times by Jenny and me.

Moon Challenge Report

I concluded my Bird Call Moon by recording 5 more species: American Crow, Northern Cardinal, Rusty Blackbird, and Yellow-rumped Warbler (link to audio); and Fish Crow (link to audio).

Tonight marks the start of my next moon challenge. During my Early Bird Moon, I'll get outside before the sun rises (on a majority of mornings) to take in the sounds of spring, and I'll keep a running list of all the birds, frogs, and mammals who I hear during the challenge.

Jenny will also be starting a moon challenge tonight. During her Sunrise Moon, she'll get outdoors to watch 12+ sunrises (with 4+ at the ocean).

Will you be joining us with a moon challenge of your own?

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

Spend 10+ minutes listening near moving water (e.g., ocean, river, stream). Optional: Close your eyes while listening.


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