17.44 | Nature Notes (Oct 29 – Nov 4)

Photo of Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager | Biddeford, ME | 2 Nov 2017

Highlights of the Week

I spied Butter-and-eggs Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) still blooming in several southern Maine spots.

On Wednesday, the first day of November, I saw an American Lady sunning in a patch of grass as well as a late-migrating Monarch.

Also on Wednesday, I lucked upon a Summer Tanager (FOY) visiting a feeder at a home about 2 miles away in Biddeford. The bird continued through the end of the week and was observed by dozens of other birders.

Wild Edible of the Week

At a local grocery store, I purchased a pile of Blue Mussels that'd been harvested in the Gulf of Maine. I steamed them until they opened and savored them one after the other until only shells remained.

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

Make note of five (Red or Gray) squirrels who cross paths with you this week. (What were they doing?)

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