17.21 | Nature Notes (May 21-27)

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Dreamy Duskywing | Hollis, ME | 27 May 2017

Highlights of the Week

I recorded Clay-colored Sparrows (FOY) singing at the Kennebunk Plains, and a Nelson's Sparrow (FOY) and a Marsh Wren singing at Laudholm Farm in Wells.

I hiked Saddleback Mountain (elevation 4,120') with a friend. We covered about 12 miles (round-trip) of the Appalachian Trail (accomplishing one of my 2017 goals) and along the way encountered persisting patches of snow. On the drive home, we stopped to see Black Terns (FOY) in Belgrade.

At the bountifully buggy Brownfield Bog, I heard 2 Yellow-throated Vireos (FOY), as well as 7 types of flycatchers, a grunting Virginia Rail, and 2+ winnowing Wilson's Snipe.

Wild Edible of the Week

I consumed Common Dandelion taproots three ways -- as vinegar (that had been infused with chopped, dried taproots for a couple of weeks), as tincture (prepared months ago), and as chopped, first-year taproots (freshly dug) in soup.

Moon Challenge Report

I capped off my Spring Ephemeral Moon Challenge with an AT hike (see above) featuring hundreds of blooming Red and Painted Wakerobins (Trillium erectum and T. undulatum, respectively). I have no challenge planned for the current moon cycle.

Jenny submitted one more complete eBird checklist (on her own) to finish out her eBird Moon Challenge!

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

Locate (and be careful not to disturb) 2 active bird nests.


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