Category Archives: Nature Notes

16.19 | Nature Notes (Jun 8-14)

Photo of Mallards
Mallards | Wells, ME | 9 Jun 2016

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

Highlights from Maine Audubon's Seabirds of Matinicus Rock trip out of New Harbor, ME:

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16.18 | Nature Notes (Jun 1-7)

Photo of Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot | Frenchboro, ME | 4 Jun 2016

Bird highlights from my first year attending the Acadia Birding Festival:

  • Northern Goshawk (FOY) at Kittredge Brook Forest Preserve, Bar Harbor (w/ ABF van trip)
  • Wilson's Storm-Petrels (FOY), Parasitic Jaeger (Lifer!), Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Atlantic Puffins (FOY), Common Terns, Arctic Terns (FOY), and a Magnolia Warbler in heavy fog on the Acadia Birding Festival's Pelagic Seabird Boat Trip
  • 2 Cape May Warblers and 4 Bay-breasted Warblers at Mason Bay Conservation Area (Bay Rd.), Jonesboro (w/ ABF boreal van trip)

Bird highlights from my travels to and from the festival:

  • 15+ Black Terns (FOY) and 3 Pied-billed Grebes from the boat ramp at Messalonskee Lake, Belgrade
  • Black-billed Cuckoo (FOY) singing along Old Bath Rd., Brunswick
  • singing Willow Flycatcher and 2+ Marsh Wrens at Great Pond (Fenway Rd.), Cape Elizabeth
  • 2 Cliff Swallows and 1+ Nelson's Sparrow behind Clambake Restaurant, Pine Point Rd., Scarborough
  • 1 Nelson's Sparrow and 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows (FOY) along Eastern Rd., Scarborough Marsh

And some plant/fungi notes from coastal Maine:

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16.17 | Nature Notes (May 25-31)

Photo of Dot-tailed Whiteface
Dot-tailed Whiteface | Wells, ME | 31 May 2016

I spent some of the last week exploring parts of western Maine with a friend. Here are some nature highlights from my trip:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher (FOY) along Boy Scout Road (north end), Lower Cupsuptic Township
  •  2 American Bitterns, Alder Flycatcher (FOY), 5 Gray Jays, and 3 Red Crossbills along Kennebago River Rd., Stetsontown Township
  • a brief look at a Moose (Life Mammal!) along Rt. 16 in Adamstown Township
  • 1 of each Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied (FOY), Alder, and Least Flycatchers near Trading Post Restaurant, Dam Rd. (Rt. 16), Magalloway Plantation
  • 2+ Philadelphia Vireos (FOY) and a Bobolink at the Appalachian Trail parking lot in Grafton Notch State Park
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (FOY) along the The Roost Trail in the White Mountains NF, Batchelders Grant Township
  • numerous Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies throughout my travels

Back in York County, the green season has firmly taken hold. Here are some highlights:

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16.16 | Nature Notes (May 18-24)

Photo of Bee on Beach Plum
Bee on Beach Plum | Ogunquit, ME | 18 May 2016

Here are some nature notes from around (mostly) southern Maine:

  • singing Grasshopper Sparrow (FOY) on Maguire Rd., Kennebunk
  • 13 Northern Shovelers and a Ruff (Life Bird!) at Weskeag Marsh, South Thomaston
  • 4 Swainson's Thrushes and a Lincoln's Sparrow (FOY) at Timber Point Trail, Biddeford
  • White-faced Ibis (FOY) at Capisic Pond Park, Portland
  • migrating Common Nighthawks (FOY -- 1 on 5/21, 12+ on 5/23) over Guinea Rd., K'port
  • 225+ Double-crested Cormorants (nesting colony on Bumpkin Island), 9 Black-crowned Night-Herons (on Bumpkin Island), 1 Sora, and 12+ Purple Sandpipers along Ocean Ave., K'port
  • Willow Flycatcher (FOY) singing at Misty Harbor Resort, Mile Rd., Wells
  • 122+ Least Terns on docks in Wells Harbor
  • a few unidentified first-of-year dragonflies and damselflies near a small pond in Wells
  • at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells: Blue-winged Warbler and drumming Ruffed Grouse along the Muskie Trail; and Hooded Merganser, 2 Virginia Rails, Marsh Wren (FOY), and Nelson's Sparrow (FOY) from the Pilger Trail observation deck
  • Beach Plum, Rhodora, Hawthorn, Starflower (Lysimachia borealis), and a type of Blue-eyed-grass (Sisyrinchium sp.) flowering

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16.15 | Nature Notes (May 11-17)

Photo of White-rumped Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper | Biddeford, ME | 14 May 2016

Here are some nature notes from around southern Maine:

  • 4 juvenile Killdeer, 2 Solitary Sandpipers (FOY), 4 American Pipits (FOY), 12 Bobolink (FOY) and 6+ nest-building Cliff Swallows at Iris Meadow Farm, Downing Rd., Arundel
  • 2 Cape May Warblers (Lifer!), 2 Northern Parulas (FOY), 6 Prairie Warblers (FOY), 5 Solitary Sandpipers, and a Veery (FOY) at the Kennebunk Plains
  • Swainson's Thrush (FOY) at York County Community College, Wells
  • 23 Glossy Ibis (flyover flock), American Oystercatcher (on East Goose Rocks), Least Flycatcher (FOY), continuing White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo (FOY), Swainson's Thrush, and Blackpoll Warbler (FOY) at Timber Point Trail, at the end of Granite Point Rd., Biddeford
  • Sora (FOY), 100+ Least Sandpipers, Warbling Vireos (FOY), Red-eyed Vireos (FOY), American Redstarts (FOY), Scarlet Tanager (FOY), Indigo Bunting (FOY) and an American Lady butterfly at the Sanford Lagoons
  • Common Strawberry, Hairy-stemmed Gooseberry, Fringed Milkwort (Polygala paucifolia), Dwarf Ginseng (Panax trifolius) and Pin Cherry flowering
  • edible leaves of American Linden expanding

Other FOY's this week: Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Least Tern, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tennessee Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, White-rumped Sandpiper, Bay-breasted Warbler, Orchard Oriole, and Canada Warbler

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