17.24 | Nature Notes (Jun 11-17)

Photo of Snowy Plover (left) and Piping Plover
Snowy Plover (left) and Piping Plover | Georgetown, ME | 13 Jun 2017

Highlights of the Week

Early in the week, I twitched three very rare birds (meaning I observed birds found and reported by other birders). On Monday, I traveled to Windham, NH to see the state's first Brown Booby (a tropical seabird). That evening, I witnessed a Magnificent Frigatebird (another tropical seabird) flying off Prout's Neck in Scarborough, ME. Then, on Tuesday, a first for the state of Maine Snowy Plover at Reid State Park in Georgetown was my third Life Bird in 30 hours! And two days later, I heard my FOY Yellow-billed Cuckoos at the Brownfield Bog.

I saw a few female Snapping Turtles traveling to/from their nesting sites.

I identified my first-ever Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) in Kennebunkport. Unfortunately, the slim creature was found dead on a roadside.

Wild Edible of the Week

I ate a number of clusters of Black Locust flowers, in salads, soups, and simply fresh off the tree.

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

Stop and smell the wild roses (or other fragrant flowers).


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