17.42 | Nature Notes (Oct 15-21)

Photo of Sanderlings
Sanderlings | Biddeford, ME | 19 Oct 2017

Highlights of the Week

A friend and I went birding aboard the F/V Nor'easter and observed an assortment of expected seabirds along with the following oddities flying 10 to 20 miles offshore: Greater Yellowlegs, Dark-eyed Junco, Cedar Waxwing, Merlin, and Short-eared Owl (!).

During the same trip to the north end of Jeffreys Ledge, we saw an assortment of whales, including Humpback, Fin, and Minke. I'd guess a minimum of 6 individuals but perhaps many more.

Butterflies continue to fly here along the south coast of Maine. I observed many Monarchs and Painted Ladies, several Common Buckeyes, a Red Admiral, and a Mourning Cloak, among others.

Wild Edible of the Week

I harvested bunches of Common Dandelion leaves from my back yard and added them to soups and salads.

Moon Challenge Report

The New Moon on Thursday marked the end of my Meditation and Gratitude Moon Challenge. Though daily sitting meditation proved difficult to stick with, my nightly gratitude journaling continues.

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

Locate the tracks of at least two mammals in a sandy or muddy place.


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