17.23 | Nature Notes (Jun 4-10)

Photo of Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse | Roque Bluffs, ME | 4 Jun 2017

Highlights of the Week

Mouse-ear Hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella) -- a carpet-forming species native to Europe -- and other related yellow-flowered Hawkweeds are blooming in nutrient-poor lawns.

I crossed paths with many butterflies, including Canadian Tiger Swallowtails, an Eastern Comma, and many tiny, mostly unidentified, skippers.

I observed 4 species of ducklings (Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, and American Black Duck) at the Sanford Lagoons. My only FOY bird sighting was a male Spruce Grouse seen during an Acadia Birding Festival van trip.

Wild Edible of the Week

I added immature pollen cones of Eastern White Pine to several of my meals this week. I also gathered extra to put up in my freezer, some of which will be tinctured.

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

Identify (using Newcomb's Wildflower Guide or some other resource) 3 herbaceous wildflowers who have yellow flowers.


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