17.19 | Nature Notes (May 7-13)

Photo of Red Wakerobin
Red Wakerobin | Limington, ME | 12 May 2017

Highlights of the Week

The landscape greened up with each rain event and dose of spring sun. Noticeable in my travels were blooming Shadbush trees, leafed-out Quaking Poplars, and fields filled with flowers of Common Dandelion.

FOY birds here in southern Maine included Chimney Swift, Semipalmated Plover, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Lincoln's Sparrow, Common Tern, American Bittern, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, Ring-necked Pheasant, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Semipalmated Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blackburnian Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Blue-winged Warbler, and Least Tern.

Sightings of uncommon/rare birds included: A female (or immature male) Blue Grosbeak (found by Jenny) and 2 Red Crossbills at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport; 2 Thick-billed Murres (an unusual sighting for mid-May) off Parsons Way, K'port; and a White-eyed Vireo in Biddeford Pool.

Wild Edible of the Week

I added the flowers and leaves of Wooly Blue Violet (Viola sororia) to several of my salads.

Moon Challenge Report

I tracked down a few spring ephemerals, including flowering Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius) and Red Wakerobin (Trillium erectum), and soon-to-flower Painted Wakerobin (T. undulatum).

Jenny submitted 4 complete eBird checklists (including one on her own).

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

Go on a warbler walk. Check with your local birding club, land trust, or Audubon chapter to see if there are any guided bird walks offered near you, or attend one of mine.


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