Highlights of the Week
I bumped into a small mixed flock of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings who were gobbling up the shriveled fruits of Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus ssp. opulus) at a park in Biddeford Pool. The following day, the fruit-filled flock had flown. (Try saying that five times fast!)
The drake Canvasback continued all week on Etherington Pond in Biddeford. A drake Greater Scaup was also on the pond from Monday on.
My first of year sightings included a Piping Plover, a singing male Purple Finch, 2 Great Egrets, and a Mute Swan -- the last species a rare bird in Maine, spotted by another birder on Phillips Pond in York.
Wild Edible of the Week
This week, I enjoyed a mixed fruit sauce which included a quart of Beach Plums that I gathered last fall and had stashed in my freezer.
Moon Challenge Report
Kicking off my Early Bird Moon, I got outside before sunrise on 4 of 5 mornings and heard a total of 19 bird species and 1 mammal before the sun came up.
Jenny observed 4 unique sunrises, including 3 at the ocean, and by getting outside early, she also enjoyed seeing 8 White-tailed Deer, 1 Great Egret (her FOY), and 7 displaying Wild Turkeys.
Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)
Locate a displaying American Woodcock.
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