Highlights of the Week
During a whale watch trip out of Boothbay Harbor, I observed a swarm of seabirds, including numerous Northern Fulmars and Great Shearwaters, feeding alongside a pod of Atlantic White-sided Dolphins.
In five hours on Monhegan Island, two other birders and I tallied nearly 60 species of birds (including 10 types of sparrows) and observed oodles of Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies. The butterflies seemed especially attracted to patches of New England American-aster.
I twitched a Red-headed Woodpecker (FOY) at Timber Point in Biddeford and a Connecticut Warbler (Lifer!) at a private yard in Newcastle, and I spotted my FOY Yellow-breasted Chat at East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool.
Wild Edible of the Week
I ate fillets of Cusk (Brosme brosme) from a fish I caught earlier this year aboard the F/V Nor'easter.
Moon Challenge Report
I missed one morning of meditation but otherwise continued with my Meditation and Gratitude Moon Challenge.
Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)
Find, feel, and photograph/sketch moss growing on or at the base of a tree.
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