Mostly from my kayak from late May to late June.

We have paddled at least a couple of times a week this month and have seen many of the usual suspects.

Ducks

Mallard with ducklings on a log. Connecticut River 6/6/22
Mallard family. Connecticut River 6/2/22
Wood duck and ducklings. Connecticut River 6/8/22
Mallard moulting. Lewiston, ME 6/12/22
Female wood duck. Connecticut River 6/20/22

We saw loons on many of the lakes and rivers we were on.

Loon. Grafton Pond 5/26/22
Loon. Squam Lake 5/29/22
Loon. Connecticut River 6/6/22
Loon. Lake Armington 6/16/22
A loon nesting platform. Squam Lake, NH 5/29/22
Loon on a nesting platform. Kettle Pond, VT 6/22/22

Cormorants and great blue herons were also around as well as some song birds.

Cormorant. North Hartland Lake 5/30/22
Cormorant. Connecticut River 6/2/22
Great blue heron. North Hartland Lake 6/21/22
Great blue heron. North Hartland Lake, 5/30/22
Killdeer. North Hartland Lake, 5/30/22
Grackle. Ompomanoosuc River 6/5
Sparrow. Ompompanoosuc River 6/5/22
Sparrow. Lake Armington 6/16/22
Yellowthroat North Hartland Lake 6/21/22

We have also seen many flowers.

Columbine. Connecticut River
blue flag. Ompompanoosuc River 6/5/22
Lady slipper. Squam Lake 5/29/22
Showy lady slipper. Eshqua Bog 6/17/22
Showy lady slippers. Eshqua Bog 6/17/22
Showy lady slipper bud. Eshqua Bog 6/17/22

I went to Maine for my 50th college reunion and went to the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area. This area has several ecosystems: spruce forest, salt marsh and beach, among others.

View from Morse Mountain. Phippsburg, ME 6/10/2022
Snowy egret in the salt marshes. Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg, ME 6/10/22
Gull walking on the beach. Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg, ME 6/10/22
Watching the waves. Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg, ME 6/10/22

Back in the kayaks!

After a long winter, we are back on the water! Our first paddle was on the McDaniels Marsh. The water temperature was warm: the frogs and turtles were abundant, the geese were paired with at least one with goslings, and the red-winged blackbirds were staking out their territories.

McDaniels Marsh, Springfield, NH 5/14/22
Painted turtles on a log. McDaniels Marsh, Springfield, NH 5/14/22
Canada geese with goslings. McDaniels Marsh, Springfield, NH 5/14/22
Red-winged blackbird. McDaniels Marsh, Springfield, NH 5/14/22

Our next trip was to Upper Baker Pond near Orford, NH. When we arrived, Mt Cube had it’s top in the clouds. It was nice to paddle without the usual docks out. We didn’t see much wildlife: one pair of geese flying, a great blue heron in a tree, a red-winged blackbird. Was it too early in the year? has the avian flu decimated the bird population? were we too late in the day?…

Mt. Cube. Upper Baker Pond, 5/19/22
New leaves with a freshet. Upper Baker Pond, 5/20/22
Red-winged blackbird. Upper Baker Pond, 5/20/22
Blueberry blossoms. Upper Baker Pond, 5/20/22

The next day, Jane and I went to the Pompy. The water temperature was marginally warm, I wouldn’t want to swim in it, probably in the mid 50’s. The bushes on both sides of the river were filled with birdsong, with just enough leaves so it was hard to see the birds.

Bobolink. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22
Catbird. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22
Canada goose with goslings. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22
Goslings. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22
Female red-winged blackbird. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22
Tree swallows. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 5/21/22

Winter / Spring 2022

I’ve had a good winter (too long!) and spring, taking daily walks, photographing dogs and other things at Kilowatt Park and around home.

Sunset on Jericho St.

From my kayak Fall 2021

This fall we have spent as much time as we could in our kayaks, weather permitting. We’ve seen a few ducks of various type. It seems like there are far fewer ducks and geese than in past years.

Common merganser. Ompompanoosuc River 9/27/21
Common merganser lift off. Ompompanoosuc River 9/27/21
Mallards. Indian Pond 10/13/21
Wood ducks flying. Mink Brook 10/20/21

Some other birds,

Eagle. Squam Lake 10/9/21
Great blue heron. Goose Pond 9/29/21
Great blue heron flying. Mink Brook 10/7/21
Mocking bird. Connecticut River 10/6/21
Spotted sandpiper, winter plumage. Indian Pond 10/13/21

and a turtle or two.

Painted turtle. Connecticut River 10/6/21

The foliage has been spotty, a few brilliant trees, but in the Upper Valley, mostly dull.

Warm fall day. Indian Pond 10/13/21
Colors on Great Island. Squam Lake 10/9/21
Foliage. Ompompanoosuc River 10/12/21
Mink Brook foliage. Mink Brook 10/7/21
Mink Brook. 10/7/21
Autumn leaves. Indian Pond 10/13/21
Fisherman on Indian Pond. 10/13/21
Indian Pond Road. 10/13/21

The birds are flying south, and our kayaks have been put away for the winter.

Mallards flying. Mink Brook 10/20/21

From my kayak 8/24-9/19

It has been a while since I posted; we had internet problems. We have continued to go kayaking 3-4 times a week mostly at our usual haunts: the Connecticut River north of Wilder, the Ompompanoosuc River, North Hartland Lake before it closed for the season, as well as Grafton Pond and Reservoir Pond in New Hampshire. We have seen eagles,

Eagle with fish. North Hartland Lake 8/25/21
Immature eagle. North Hartland Lake. 8/25/21

herons, both great blue and green,

Great blue heron. North Hartland Lake 8/25/21
Great blue heron. Connecticut River 8/24/21
Great blue heron. North Hartland Lake 9/4/21
Great blue heron. Connecticut River 9/5/21
Green heron. Connecticut River 9/17/21
Green heron. Connecticut River 9/1/21
Green heron eating a fish. Mink Brook 8/24/21

loons,

Loon and chick. Grafton Pond 8/31/21
Loon stretch. Connecticut River 9/17/21

other birds,

Turkey vultures. Ompompanoosuc River 9/19/21
Cormorant. North Hartland Lake 9/4/21
Spotted sandpiper. Connecticut River 9/5/21
Waterthrush. Reservoir Pond,Lyme, NH, 9/14/21

some turtles,

Wood turtle. Ompompanoosuc River. 9/19/21
Painted turtles. North Hartland Lake 9/4/21

and some other interesting things.

Duck feather. Connecticut River 9/18/21
Waterfall with purple asters. Connecticut River 9/11/21
Jane’s sister Susy and her granddaughter, Emily. Ompompanoosuc River 8/27/21