The past few weeks we have continued to paddle the Connecticut River between Wilder and Hanover including Mink Brook, and North Hartland Lake. We have seen beaver and muskrat on both lakes,
Beaver raising its tail to splash. North Hartland Lake, VT 6/23/18
beaver splash. North Hartland Lake, VT 6/23/18
as well as great blue herons,
Great blue heron. Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 7/7/18
Immature bald eagle being chased by a kingbird. North Hartland Lake, VT 7/8/18
Dragon fly. North Hartland Lake, VT 7/5/18
Water lily with a damsel fly. Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 7/3/18
and plenty of ducklings.
Ducklings swimming. Connecticut River, Hanover, NH 7/3/18
Ducklings following mama. Connecticut River, Wilder, VT 6/30/18
I’ve been seeing a variety of wildlife on my paddles. Of course we’ve seen loons,
Loon — Church Island, Squam Lake
Loon — Squam Lake
but also other birds such as gulls,
Black-backed gull –Squam Lake
Black-backed gull –Squam Lake, NH
Mergansers with a swimmer off of Church Island, Squam Lake, NH
and song sparrows.
Song sparrow — Squam Lake, NH
Song Sparrow –Squam Lake
I also saw dragonflies and damselflies
and a squirrel.
Jane and I have made a couple of trips to Eshqua Bog, Hartland, VT this spring.The first on was on May 27. We had been hoping that the lady’s slippers would be in bloom, but it was too early. We did see other spring flowers.
Marsh marigold, May 27
Soloman’s seal, May 27 –Eshqua Bog, Hartland, VT
Today’s trip was more fruitful. We not only saw two varieties of lady’s slippers,
Yellow lady’s slipper
Showy lady’s slipper
but also other bog flowers.
Pitcher plant flower
The dragon flies, butterflies and a hummingbird also put in an appearance.
Butterfly on buttercup
Ruby throated hummingbird