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

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