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Photo of Killdeer and Tree Swallows
Killdeer and Tree Swallows | Sanford, ME | 18 Apr 2017

Highlights of the Week

Flowering: Red and Silver Maple trees, Shepherd's-purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), Coltsfoot, Spring Whitlow-mustard, and Hairy Bitter-cress.

I hit the road this week to see three rare birds found by other birders: Vermilion Flycatcher, Fieldfare (while looking for this bird, another birder pointed out my FOY Blue-headed Vireo), and Tricolored Heron (FOY). The first were Life Birds for me, and were featured on a front page article (Double Rarity Has Birders Flying High) in a local paper and in an online version titled Birdwatchers abuzz at 2 rare sightings in 3 days. You'll recognize at least one birder mentioned in the piece.

Other FOY bird sightings were Brown Thrasher, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow, Virginia Rail, and Sora.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed the fleshy leaves and slightly sweet bulbs of American Trout-lily, both raw and cooked -- my first wild vegetables of spring!

Moon Challenge Report

I got up and outside before sunrise on 2 days this week.

Jenny enjoyed 5 sunrises this week, including an Easter sunrise at the ocean. On one of her early morning walks, she ended with an amazing hour-long visit with a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.

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

Eat one leaf or flower of Common Dandelion every day. If you're not a forager (yet), simply observe a Common Dandelion plant every day.


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