From my kayak 6/25-27

One of our favorite paddling spots, North Hartland Lake, is now open Wednesday-Sunday! The eagles have built a nest, but we didn’t see any evidence of eaglets.

Bald eagle. Hartland, VT 6/25/20

We saw the usual painted turtles and spotted sandpipers and were treated with some deer.

Painted turtle. Hartland, VT 6/25/20
Spotted sandpiper on the boom. North Hartland Dam, Hartland, VT 6/25/20
Deer. Hartland, VT 6/25/20

The next day, on the Connecticut River, we came across a large snapping turtle sunning himself. Over the years, we have seen him a few times before, but always underwater.

Snapping turtle and dragon fly. Lebanon, NH 6/26/20

The kingbirds are trying for a second clutch of eggs in at least two nests.

Kingbird with nest. Hanover, NH 6/26/20

And the damselflies are out and about.

Damselfly on my kayak. Hanover, NH 6/26/20

Today on the Ompompanoosuc, we found the family of geese, now getting their adult feathers.

Canada goose with half grown goslings. Norwich, VT 6/27/20

We also saw a family of common mergansers.

Common merganser family. Norwich, VT 6/27/20

From my kayak 8/13-26

We have been out eight times in the past two weeks to our usual haunts: North Hartland Lake, Grafton Pond and the Connecticut River near Wilder, VT. We have seen birds:

as well as other animals and plants.

First paddle of the season

turtles on log

Yesterday Jane, her son Jaimie, and I went to North Hartland Lake for my first paddle of the season. Turtles, turtles everywhere! On the boom near the dam. On logs up and down the river. On twigs floating in the river. On the mud flats. On rocks… The water was cold (in the 50’s) and the sun was warm.

We also saw eagles, young and old, in the trees and in the air. A hawk in the air. Not many water fowl and only in the distance. A few warblers and sandpipers.

From my kayak 9/7-15

We have been out a few times this week, on the Connecticut River and the Pompy. (North Hartland Lake is closed for the season.)

Jane and Mardrey.  Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 9/15/18

We saw a few mammals, great blue herons, mallards, mergansers, some turtles, and a hornets’ nest.

Connecticut River, Lebanon, NH 9/7/18
Grey squirrel .
Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 9/15/18
Great blue heron caught a big fish.
Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT. 9/15/18
Great blue heron flying off with his catch. 
Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 9/15/18

Mallard clapping?.
Connecticut River. 9/13/18
Common merganser with a muddy face. 
Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 9/15/18

Painted turtle.
Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 9/13/18
Hornet nest.
Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 9/7/19

From my kayak 8/31-9/4

This has been a week for fog, green herons, falcons, turtles, and a cormorant.

Goose and duck in the fog. Connecticut River 9/4/2018
Annoyed green heron. Connecticut River, Wilder, VT 8/31/2018
Green heron. Mink Brook, 9/4/2018
Green heron sticking out his tongue. Mink Brook, 9/4/2018
Peregrin with kingbird. Ompompanousuc, Norwich, VT 9/2/2018
Merlin. North Hartland Lake 9/1/2018
American kestrel. North Hartland Lake 9/1/2018
Painted turtle North Hartland Lake 9/1/2018
Wood turtle. Ompompanousuc River 9/2/2018
Cormorant. Connecticut River 8/31/2018