17.14 | Nature Notes (Apr 2-8)

Photo of Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck (male) | Wells, ME | 5 Apr 2017

Highlights of the Week

I spent much of Friday counting migrating birds of prey atop Bradbury Mountain in Pownal. With the help of the official hawk watch counter and other keen observers, I witnessed an assortment of nearly 150 raptors, including 38 American Kestrels, 14 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 11 Osprey (FOY), 1 Northern Goshawk (FOY), and 1 early Broad-winged Hawk (FOY). I also spotted a couple of high-flying Tree Swallows (FOY). For the full species list, view my eBird checklists: part 1 and part 2.

I heard my first Spring Peepers calling one evening near a wetland in York, ME, and on the morning after a heavy rain I found a dead Jefferson's/Blue-spotted Salamander in the road not far from my home.

Other first of year sightings included Double-crested Cormorant, Wilson's Snipe, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Greater Yellowlegs, American Oystercatcher, and Snowy Egret.

Wild Edible of the Week

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

Moon Challenge Report

I got outside before sunrise on 6 of 7 days this week, and I added 14 bird species to my heard-before-sunrise list.

Jenny enjoyed 3 sunrises, including 2 at the ocean!

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

Watch the full (or nearly full) Moon rise or set.


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