17.43 | Nature Notes (Oct 22-28)

Photo of White-rumped Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper | Biddeford Pool, ME | 28 Oct 2017

Highlights of the Week

Several local Winterberry patches are loaded with red fruit.

I observed 14 species of shorebirds this week, including high counts of ~125 Black-bellied Plover, 6 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Killdeer, 12 Ruddy Turnstone, 35 Red Knot, ~300 Sanderling, ~165 Dunlin, 2 White-rumped Sandpiper, and one each of the following: American Golden-Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Greater Yellowlegs.

I successfully twitched a FOY bird species three days in a row: a female Redhead in Bangor, 3 Cattle Egrets in Lamoine, and a red-morph Eastern Screech-Owl at an undisclosed location in southern Maine.

Wild Edible of the Week

I enjoyed Mint (Mentha sp.) leaves both in tea and finely chopped in salads.

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

Take a 30+ minute nature walk and see how many conifer tree species you can find.

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