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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