17.34 | Nature Notes (Aug 20-26)

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Great Shearwater | Gulf of Maine | 21 Aug 2017

Highlights of the Week

I went on another deep sea fishing trip out of Kennebunk to Jeffreys Ledge; this time, while everyone else was catching (mainly) Pollock and Haddock, I was catching glimpses of seabirds, including a rare and total surprise South Polar Skua (Lifer!) who flew past our boat while we were at the ledge.

I experienced many small whirlpools (called piglets) and upwellings of the Old Sow whirlpool (said to be the largest in the Western Hemisphere) off Eastport in Passamaquoddy Bay. The action of the tides attracts a variety of birds including thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls.

Throughout the week, I observed 17 species of shorebirds, including 3 American Golden-Plover (FOY), 4 Red Knot, 2+ Baird's Sandpiper (FOY), 1 Western Sandpiper (FOY), and 12+ Red-necked Phalarope.

Wild Edible of the Week

I snacked on the hips of Beach Rose in both far downeast and southern Maine.

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

Look for Monarch butterflies in flower-filled meadows and gardens.

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