17.40 | Nature Notes (Oct 1-7)

Photo of Butterflies on New England American-aster
Monarchs and Painted Ladies on New England American-aster | Monhegan Island, ME | 6 Oct 2017

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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2 thoughts on “17.40 | Nature Notes (Oct 1-7)”

  1. Josh- LOVE the photo of butterflies on asters! Would you consider putting it on cards? I would definitely buy some! My family has a long history with monarchs through my aunt Mary, a retired school teacher and long time Audobon member, who recently passed away.


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