Date: 7/30/20 4:47 pm
From: Miriam Simmons <simmonsmiriamj...>
Subject: Re: [NHBirds] Long Pond, Benton NH.. kayak birding
On Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 6:56 PM Miriam Simmons <simmonsmiriamj...>
wrote:

> 2.5 hours circumference of pond, 2.4 miles, slow birding paddle.
>
> The access road to Long Pond was storm damaged and closed in October 2017.
> After many delays, and reduced funding, the White Mountain National Forest
> has finished road repairs and access is open to Long Pond. The access road
> gate officially opened 8 to 10 days ago.
>
> An amazingly quiet paddle, we were alone on the pond for 1.45 hours, until
> local kayakers accessed the pond.
>
> This was an opportunity to bird an area that had been essentially
> undisturbed for 2.5 years.
>
> Highlights
> ..at least 4 Belted Kingfisher families
> ..an Osprey at the south end of the pond with a large fish in a tall
> spruce tree.
> ..one solitary sandpiper
> ..No sightings of great blue herons, which we had seen in 2017.
>
> Here's the link to full report on eBird
>
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71960956
>
> It appears that this is the first time that Long Pond has been birded by
> boat since the road washed out in October 2017. Of particular note was the
> number of kingfishers
>
> Miriam & Roger Simmons
>
>
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