17.18 | Nature Notes (Apr 30 – May 6)

Photo of Blue Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak | Biddeford Pool, ME | 4 May 2017

Highlights of the Week

The flowers of Coltsfoot have gone to seed, and green leaves have appeared beside them. Garlic-mustard, Violets, and Gill-over-the-ground started flowering.

A number of warblers are now back on territory in local woodlands and wetlands, including Ovenbirds, Pine Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Yellow Warblers, and more. (To meet some of them, join me for a KCT Spring Bird Walk this week or next!)

FOY birds here in southern Maine included Short-billed Dowitcher, House Wren, Prairie Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Bobolink, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Veery, Marsh Wren, Great Crested Flycatcher, White-crowned Sparrow, Nashville Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Least Flycatcher.

Wild Edible of the Week

I consumed several servings of cooked Garden Yellow-rocket tops -- typically boiling them for 2-3 minutes and discarding the cooking water.

Moon Challenge Report

My Spring Ephemeral Moon Challenge is off to a slow start. I noticed American Trout-lily and Wood Windflower (Anemone quinquefolia) blooming abundantly this week, but I didn't spend time photographing them.

Jenny submitted 8 complete eBird checklists (including one without me)!

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

Locate 3 herbaceous wildflowers who have white flowers. And, if you don't already know their names, identify them with the help of Newcomb's Wildflower Guide or the Simple Key at Go Botany.


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