17.52 | Nature Notes (Dec 24-31)

Photo of Dovekie
Dovekie | Biddeford Pool, ME | 31 Dec 2017

Highlights of the Week

On Christmas Eve, I photographed a Red-shouldered Hawk (uncommon in winter) and a continuing rare Lark Sparrow at different spots in Biddeford.

At 2:01pm on New Year's Eve, I received word of a Dovekie visible from East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford. Jenny and I dressed for the frigid temps and arrived in time to see the bird right off the exposed point. A lifer for Jenny and only my second ever, this bird marked the 317th (and final) species for my 2017 Maine Big Year! (As a super bonus, I was able to get photos, which means only 4 Life Birds remain on my to-be-photographed list.)

Lastly, as the sun was setting on 2018, Jenny and I observed a flock of ~40 Snow Buntings at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. Among them was a single Lapland Longspur.

Wild Edible of the Week

Previously purchased, wild-harvested Atlantic Dulse was my final wild food of the year. I toasted a few batches in a stainless steel skillet and enjoyed these crisp sea-salty snacks as is and sprinkled on salads.

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

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