17.20 | Nature Notes (May 14-20)

Photo of Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting | Palermo, ME | 18 May 2017

Highlights of the Week

The loud flight calls of Common and Least Terns are once again familiar sounds at many coastal locations.

FOY birds here in southern Maine included Roseate Tern, Caspian Tern, Red-eyed Vireo, Wilson's Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson's Thrush, Alder Flycatcher, Red Knot, Blackpoll Warbler, Canada Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Bay-breasted Warbler*, and Common Nighthawk.

Rare bird sightings included a Wilson's Phalarope (FOY) found by a friend at a farm pond in Clinton, an adult male Painted Bunting (Lifer!) visiting feeders at a home in Palermo, and a Pacific Loon (FOY) found by another friend off Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford. Thanks to the prompt sharing by finders of these birds, I was able to see all three on the days they were found.

*first located by another birder and subsequently seen by me

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed three servings of Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum) shoots. For each, I gathered about a dozen flexible young shoots, washed them, and boiled them for 10 minutes, discarding the cooking water.

Moon Challenge Report

Birding was my almost total focus this week (I bet you're shocked), though I took a few minutes to photograph Sessile-leaved Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) for my Spring Ephemeral Moon Challenge. I need to step up my game next week.

Jenny submitted 4 complete eBird checklists (including 1 on her own).

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

Spot at least 2 types of butterflies.


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