Identify this late-blooming wildflower. Photo taken in Kennebunkport, ME on October 24, 2017.
(Birding) Highlights of the Week
I ventured to Monhegan Island with another birder on Sunday and saw the continuing juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (FOY) at the Ice Pond, as well as a vocal Dickcissel and a Blue Grosbeak.
I went on a whale watch out of Boothbay Harbor and observed 3 Fin Whales, 1 Parasitic Jaeger (FOY), 1 unidentified jaeger, 4 Northern Fulmar (FOY for Maine), and a variety of other seabirds.
During yet another deep sea fishing trip out of Kennebunk aboard the F/V Nor'easter, I tallied 6+ Northern Fulmar, 1 Cory's Shearwater, 12+ Great Shearwater, 150+ Northern Gannet, and 1 juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake, and I caught a few Pollock.
And on Saturday (day 1 of a 2-day trip to Aroostook County), two other birders and I observed an albino Canada Goose, a Ross's Goose (FOY), and a whopping 17 Cackling Geese (FOY) among thousands of Canada Geese spread across various wetlands.
Wild Edible of the Week
I snacked on the dark fruit of Nannyberry.
Moon Challenge Report
My Meditation and Gratitude Moon Challenge is going well -- so far I haven't missed a day.
Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)
Visit a local goose flock to look for rare geese or simply to observe the size, shape, and plumage variations among Canada Geese.
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