We have not been out kayaking much this summer thanks to predicted thunder showers, flooding and various appointments. One of our favorite locations, North Hartland Lake, has been closed for the rest of the summer because of the floods in mid July. But we have managed a few outings.
We had a few trips in our kayaks, though the weather didn’t always cooperate.
We did get a chance to see some birds: some unusual ones, and more of the standbys.
The mallard drakes have gathered together and are molting. The baby mallards are hatching, and have to beware of hungry loons and osprey.
We’ve been out several time a week this fall, mostly on the Connecticut and the Pompy (we miss North Hartland Lake which is closed to repair the culvert under the parking lot), but we also have been to Lake Armington, Upper Baker Pond, Grafton Pond, Long Pond and Indian Pond.
We have seen our usual ducks and have enjoyed seeing them changing into breeding colors.
We have also seen a number of other birds.
As well as a variety of turtles.
Jane and I have been out in our kayaks a 3-4 times a week all summer, mostly on the Connecticut River out of Wilder, VT; the Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich, VT; or North Hartland Lake in Hartland, VT. We also made trips to Goose Pond, Grafton Pond, Squam Lake, and Lake Tarleton.
We’ve seen the usual wildlife.
Some loons and cormorants.
Some shore birds
We also saw some insects.
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.
Some other birds,
and a turtle or two.
The foliage has been spotty, a few brilliant trees, but in the Upper Valley, mostly dull.
The birds are flying south, and our kayaks have been put away for the winter.