17.15 | Nature Notes (Apr 9-15)

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Mourning Cloak | Limington, ME | 14 Apr 2017

Highlights of the Week

At the Sanford Lagoons, I saw 2 Snapping Turtles, many Painted Turtles, a Common Muskrat, and 41 species of birds, including a rare (for early April) Forster's Tern (FOY).

Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs have thawed and are now vocal at their breeding sites.

Warm days and favorable winds brought many avian arrivals to southern Maine including my FOY Little Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, Chipping Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Eastern Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow, Pied-billed Grebe, Swamp Sparrow, Winter Wren, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black-bellied Plover, Field Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Purple Martin. And, during a birding road trip with friends, I saw 3 more FOY's: Common Redpoll, Ruddy Duck, and Sandhill Crane.

Wild Edible of the Week

Green edibles are emerging on the landscape, but this week I ate another freezer fruit: Black Chokeberry. I consumed the astringent fruits mixed with non-astringent wild berries, also from the freezer.

Moon Challenge Report

I got outside before sunrise on 4 days this week, and I added a few more species to my heard-before-sunrise list, including Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Winter Wren, and a drumming Ruffed Grouse.

Jenny also enjoyed 4 sunrises this week, including 2 at the ocean!

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

Locate/visit a vernal pool. Hint: The duck-like calls of Wood Frogs can lead you to one.


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