17.13 | Nature Notes (Mar 26 – Apr 1)

Photo of Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike | Biddeford Pool, ME | 31 Mar 2017

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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