Category Archives: Nature Notes

16.24 | Nature Notes (Jul 13-19)

Photo of Moose
Moose | Nesourdnahunk Township, ME | 14 Jul 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from a trip into central northern Maine included:

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16.23 | Nature Notes (Jul 6-12)

Photo of Piping Plover
Piping Plover (juvenile) | Biddeford, ME | 11 Jul 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from Tuesday's Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trip with Old Quarry Ocean Adventures out of Stonington, ME:

  • Red-billed Tropicbird (Life Bird!), 8+ Great Cormorants, 2 Common Murre, many Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Atlantic Puffins, Common and Arctic Terns, and more, at and around Seal Island NWR, Knox Co.
  • 2 Northern Gannets, many adult terns carrying fish back to chicks on islands, and dozens of Harbor Seals seen while motoring to/from Seal Island

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16.22 | Nature Notes (Jun 29 – Jul 5)

Photo of Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite | Sanford, ME | 1 Jul 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from a day hike with a friend up Little Jackson Mountain in Franklin County included:

  • 3 Bicknell's Thrushes calling and singing just west of the summit
  • 1 Boreal Chickadee along the Pond Link Trail
  • Three-toothed-cinquefoil (Sibbaldiopsis tridentata) flowering abundantly above the treeline
  • Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) flowering along many of the wooded trails

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16.21 | Nature Notes (Jun 22-28)

Photo of Carrion-flower
Carrion-flower | Kennebunkport, ME | 24 Jun 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine included:

  • Wilson's Plover (Lifer!) on Seawall Beach, viewed from Popham Beach, Phippsburg [notes and documentation photos here]
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (heard from overlook north of summit), 5 Winter Wrens, 8+ Swainson's Thrushes, and 10 species of warblers (Ovenbird, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Canada); Atlantis Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies; Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), Labrador-tea, Yellow Bluebead-lily (Clintonia borealis), Indian Cucumber Root, and Northern Wood Sorrel (Oxalis montana) flowering; during a morning hike up East Royce Mountain in the White Mountains National Forest, Batchelders Grant Township
  • Virginia Rail (calling), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (FOY), and 2 Black-billed Cuckoos at the Brownfield Bog (aka Sanborn WMA), Bog Rd., Brownfield

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16.20 | Nature Notes (Jun 15-21)

Photo of Spruce Grouse
Spruce Grouse | Sandy River Plantation, ME | 17 Jun 2016

Here are some nature notes from around York County, Maine:

Highlights from travels elsewhere in Maine and New Hampshire included:

  • 1 Spruce Grouse (Lifer!), 1 Black-backed Woodpecker, 4 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, 2 Boreal Chickadees, 4 Bicknell's Thrushes (Lifer!), 9+ Swainson's Thrushes, 16+ Blackpoll Warblers, 1 Fox Sparrow, and more along Saddleback Mountain Trail, Sandy River Plantation, ME [details/photos on my eBird checklist]
  • Cushion-plant (Diapensia lapponica) and Alpine Blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) flowering at summit of Saddleback Mountain
  • Mourning Warbler (Lifer!) just below the summit of Quill Hill, Dallas Plantation, ME
  • 2 Mississippi Kites flying over Piscassic St. boat launch, Newmarket, NH

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