17.29 | Nature Notes (Jul 16-22)

Photo of Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropicbird | Seal Island NWR, ME | 21 Jul 2017

Highlights of the Week

Butter-and-eggs Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris), Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Wood Lily (Lilium philadelphicum), and Narrow-leaved Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) flowering.

FOY birds included Wilson's Storm-Petrel (seen from land in Biddeford Pool and from a boat at Seal Island NWR), a rare Long-billed Dowitcher (found by a friend) feeding in a puddle at a farm in Clinton, the very rare Red-billed Tropicbird (back for a 13th summer in Maine), Red-necked Phalarope, Sooty Shearwater, and Manx Shearwater.

I saw a life subspecies: a white morph Great Blue Heron (sometimes called "Great White Heron") who has been fishing at Little Pond in Stoneham for weeks.

Wild Edible of the Week

I visited a productive patch of Black Raspberries more than once this week to get my annual fix of deliciousness. The fruits are among my favorite wild foods!

Moon Challenge Report

I completed my Movement Moon challenge by walking 3+ miles or biking 5+ miles, on 6 out of 7 days.

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

Observe some fish, in fresh, brackish, or salt water, large or small, schooling or solo, perhaps even in the bill or talons of a bird.


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