Category Archives: Nature Quiz

17.39 | Nature Notes (Sep 24-30)

Photo of Ross's Goose
Ross's Goose with Canada Geese | Fort Fairfield, ME | 30 Sep 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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