17.48 | Nature Notes (Nov 26 – Dec 2)

Photo of Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher | Biddeford, ME | 28 Nov 2017

Highlights of the Week

On Tuesday, I observed a Long-billed Dowitcher, a White-rumped Sandpiper, and 3 Red Knots along the Basket Island Causeway.

On Friday, I photographed a Killdeer, a Wilson's Snipe, and a Dickcissel continuing at a horse farm in Kennebunkport.

And several days this week, I noticed Striped Skunk tracks in the sand at Hills Beach in Biddeford.

Wild Edible of the Week

I gathered and ate wild Cranberries from a patch that Jenny and I stumbled upon in late September.

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

Observe the sky for 30 minutes before/during/after sunset.

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Washed Ashore: Soft-shelled Clam

Photo of Soft-shelled Clam

Soft-shelled Clams (Mya arenaria) are among the best known marine mollusks harvested from mud flats throughout New England. Also known as Long-necked or Steamer Clams, these shellfish are food for many species, including Atlantic Moon Snails, Green Crabs, various gulls and diving ducks, certain fish, Northern Raccoons, and, of course, humans.

The two halves of this bivalve's shell are similarly shaped, with the exception of the hinge area. The left valve has a spoon-like shelf, and the right valve has a corresponding groove to accommodate it.

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