17.25 | Nature Notes (Jun 18-24)

Photo of Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican | Scarborough, ME | 21 Jun 2017

Highlights of the Week

I noticed Common St. John's-wort, Wild Radish, Little Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor), and a new-to-me plant called Canada Frostweed (Crocanthemum canadense) flowering.

Ebony Jewelwings are now fluttering along wooded streams.

FOY birds included a very rare (for Maine) Brown Pelican off Prout's Neck in Scarborough; a rare White-faced Ibis in Cape Elizabeth; and a rare (at least for late June) Stilt Sandpiper at a farm pond in Clinton. All three birds were first located by other birders.

Wild Edible of the Week

I processed down a couple dozen Cat-tail (Typha sp.) shoots to obtain the tender, white hearts, which I boiled for a few minutes, before letting them cool and eating them. I also picked, boiled, and ate (minus the tough cores) about a dozen immature male flower spikes.

Moon Challenge Report

On Friday (the new moon), I began my Movement Moon Challenge. I'll either walk 3+ miles or bike 5+ miles, 5+ days a week from now until the next new moon.

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

Spend 10+ minutes observing an ant colony.


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