17.31 | Nature Notes (Jul 30 – Aug 5)

Photo of Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull | Biddeford, ME | 4 Aug 2017

Highlights of the Week

The fruits of Velvet-leaved Blueberry and Black Huckleberry are ripe.

During a deep sea fishing trip out of Kennebunk to Jeffreys Ledge, I caught Cod, Cusk, and Pollock. Additionally, I observed 2 Ocean Sunfish, several Sharks (not sure which kinds), ~1000 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, and several other pelagic bird species including my FOY Great Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel*, and Pomarine Jaeger.

Other FOY birds included Hudsonian Godwit*, Cory's Shearwater, and a rare Black-necked Stilt* (Lifer!).

*first located by another birder and subsequently seen by me

Wild Edible of the Week

I ate some of the Pollock (so good!) from my fishing trip (see above) and put several pounds in my freezer.

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

Locate and identify 3 types of ferns using a field guide or an online tool like Go Botany's fern key.

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