17.17 | Nature Notes (Apr 23-29)

Photo of Hooded Warbler
Hooded Warbler | Biddeford, ME | 28 Apr 2017

Highlights of the Week

Pickerel Frogs and American Toads began to vocalize in wetlands.

At Pond Cove in Cape Elizabeth, I observed a White-eyed Vireo* (FOY), as well as a male Common Yellowthroat (FOY), 9 Laughing Gulls (FOY), 2 Iceland Gulls, and many more birds.

Behind the Pelreco Building in Scarborough, Jenny and I saw 6 Blue-winged Teal* (FOY), 10 Least Sandpipers (FOY), 1 Snowy Egret x Tricolored Heron* (a really neat bird), and many more birds.

York County FOY birds included Eastern Whip-poor-will, Black-throated Green Warbler, Willet, King Rail*, Ovenbird, Upland Sandpiper, Black-and-White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Gray Catbird, Northern Waterthrush, Cliff Swallow, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, a rare Hooded Warbler*, and a Green Heron. And in Pittsfield, ME, Jenny and I briefly observed a male Eurasian Wigeon* (FOY).

*first located by other birders and subsequently seen by me

Wild Edible of the Week

I flavored several meals this week with the garlicky leaves of Wild Leek.

Moon Challenge Report

I ended my Early Bird Moon Challenge with the pre-dawn song of an Eastern Whip-poor-will.

Thanks to the comments of a reader, for my next moon challenge I'm placing some attention on finding and photographing spring ephemerals (i.e., perennial plants who emerge, bloom, and typically wither away early in the green season, prior to canopy trees' leafing out). Because I'll be busy birding and teaching this moon, I'm not sure how many plants I'll seek out, but I'll continue with weekly updates.

Jenny ended her Sunrise Moon Challenge by enjoying 3 more sunrises! And, this week, Jenny began an eBird Moon Challenge. She's aiming to submit 12+ complete eBird checklists (at least 4 without me!). She submitted her first three (shared) checklists on Saturday.

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

Spot a basking Painted Turtle.


 

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