From my kayak 7/25-8/11

We have been to our usual rivers in the last few weeks and have seen some changes. We found a kingbird and its nest on 7/19 and have seen the nestlings grow and leave the nest.

Kingbird and nest. Connecticut River, Lebanon, NH 7/19/2020
Kingbird with nestlings. Connecticut River 7/25/2020
Kingbird fledglings. Connecticut River, Hanover, NH 8/2/2020

We’ve seen cormorants.

Cormorant on the boom. North Hartland Lake, VT 8/1/2020
Cormorant taking off. Connecticut River, Lebanon, NH 7/25/2020

The red-winged blackbirds are out of their nests.

Young red-winged blackbird. North Hartland Lake, VT 8/1/2020
Wood duck with 3 mergansers Connecticut River, Hanover, NH 8/10/2020

The herons are always fun to watch. On the Pompy the other day we came across what looked like a log, but wasn’t. We stopped paddling and drifted about the same speed as the green heron was walking. At first it was a little annoyed with us, but soon relaxed and continued fishing. By this time I had drifted into shore and it walked within just a few feet of me.

Green Heron disguised as a log. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 8/11/2020
Green heron with a snack. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 8/11/2020
Green heron. Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich, VT 8/11/2020
Green heron. Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 8/10/2020
Great blue heron North Hartland Lake, VT 8/1/2020
Egret taking off. North Hartland Lake, VT 8/1/2020

From my kayak 8/27-9/17

We’ve been in our kayaks often in the past few weeks and have see a lot.

Great blue herons have appeared in most the the usual spots, but doing some unusual things.

Great blue heron with pond lilies.–Ompompanoosuc River 8/27/19
Great blue heron displaying. North Hartland Lake 8/31/19

This heron landed near another heron and put on this display.

“What’s that invading my marsh?” Great blue heron –McDaniel’s Marsh 9/7/19
Great blue heron fishing from a perch. Grafton Pond 9/10/19

The heron was fishing from a branch a few feet above the water, dove into the water, missed the fish, struggled back up to the branch and ruffled his feathers to dry off.

Great blue heron drying off from a dip in the lake. Grafton Pond 9/10/19

We also saw an egret and several green herons, eagles, deer, dragonflies and butterflies, and flowers.

Egret. North Hartland Lake 8/31/19
Green heron. –Connecticut River 9/6/19
Green heron scratching — Connecticut River 9/6/19
Young eagle getting his adult feathers. Connecticut River 9/15/19
Cormorant –Connecticut River 8/26/19
Deer — North Hartland Lake 8/31/19
Dragonfly –Connecticut River 9/15/19
Butterfly on asters. Connecticut River 9/15/19
Closed gentian –Connecticut River 9/12/19

North Hartland Lake 8/8

We took a leisurely paddle on North Hartland Lake this morning, seeing herons (blue, green and white), turtles, eagles.

Immature bald eagle
Immature bald eagle

Green heron
Green heron

Great blue heron taking off
Great blue heron taking off

Common egret
Common egret

Egret flying
Egret flying

Egret flying
Egret flying