17.37 | Nature Notes (Sep 10-16)

Highlights of the Week

Blood Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea), Narrow-leaved Gentian (Gentiana linearis), White Goldenrod (Solidago bicolor), Flax-leaved Stiff-aster, and Tall White-aster (Doellingeria umbellatus) flowering.

I spent a day out at sea on a fishing boat. Thick fog made spotting birds nearly impossible (I was able to identify just a handful of Wilson's Storm-Petrels, a few Northern Gannets, and small numbers of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls), so I turned my efforts to catching fish for my freezer. I took home over ten pounds of Pollock fillets.

I saw a very rare and extremely long-tailed Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Lifer!) discovered by another birder at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.

Wild Edible of the Week

I gathered fruits of Black Elderberry, some of which Jenny processed into a nutritious wild fruit jello.

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

Sit under an Oak (Quercus sp.) tree (with a hat on) and observe for 20+ minutes.

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