Photographs by Frank

13 September 2015

Powdermill Pond Shorebirds

Filed under: Birds,Early Fall,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 1:00 PM

The water level in Powdermill Pond remains very low due to the work on the paper mill dam. (See Solitary Sandpipers for more information.)

Yesterday (Saturday, 12 Sept), Joan and I spent the afternoon paddling the pond from the launching spot on Route 202 to the covered bridge and back*.

Amazingly, the only company we had during the roughly three and a half hours we were on the water was a lone fisherman in a kayak. We did, however, see a large group of birders (the spotting scopes and binoculars, were the field marks we used to make this ID!)  scanning the pond from a spot on South Elmwood Road.

We saw a nice assortment of shorebirds, but no really rare ones.

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Solitary Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Killdeer #1
Killdeer #1
Killdeer #2
Killdeer #2
Killdeer #3
Killdeer #3
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs with Prey
Lesser Yellowlegs with Prey

* We also spent some time out on the pond last Thursday afternoon. We saw lots of migrating shore birds, as well as a juvenile bald eagle and at least two dozen great blue herons. The skies were heavily overcast and thus conditions were lousy for photography; I did not get any “keepers”. Yesterday, the skies were mostly cloudy but the clouds were thin, This made nice light for photography.


 

1 Comment

  1. “Solitary Sandpiper” gets my #1 rating. The reflection is what did it for me. “Killdeer #1” is less realistic with the blurred background and the very sharp foreground – almost looks forced. “Killdeer #2” has similar issues – blurred foreground, sharp subject and blurred background.

    Overall a very good collection of shore birds.

    Comment by Joe — 16 September 2015 @ 11:01 AM

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