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Photo of American Dagger Moth caterpillar
American Dagger Moth caterpillar | Biddeford, ME | 22 Sep 2017

Highlights of the Week

I saw my first ever pod of Pilot Whales during Maine Audubon's Bar Harbor Pelagic trip. Spotting pelagic birds (the focus of the trip) was a real challenge given the dense fog, but we were treated to good looks at a Northern Fulmar and many Red Phalaropes and Leach's Storm-Petrels in Canadian waters south of Grand Manan Island.

Jenny and I each witnessed an American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana) caterpillar at about the same time on Friday morning though we were a few miles apart. (Note: Their hairs can be irritating, so if you find one, it's best to look but not touch.)

And, thanks to the spotting of another birder, I was able to see a Lark Sparrow (the first I've seen since January 3rd) near Hills Beach in Biddeford.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed a fresh fillet of Haddock from a fish I caught on my last deep sea fishing trip. Technically, I ate the fillet last Saturday, but I'm calling that close enough.

Moon Challenge Report

On the New Moon (Wednesday), I began a Meditation and Gratitude Moon Challenge. I'm starting each day with 10+ minutes of sitting meditation and ending each day by writing a gratitude journal entry.

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

With the help of Newcomb's Wildflower Guide or another trusted resource, identify 3 types of goldenrod (or aster or any wildflowers) currently flowering near you.

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