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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