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Discussion: birds, frogs, lakes

in: bl; bl > 2020-03-26

Mar 28, 2020 7:46 PM # 
o-maps:
Newfoundland Lake = Newfound Lake?

RWB = red-wing blackbird?

I first noticed the peepers last weekend, when I made my forays "down south" to the HVO/WCOC winter courses in Katonah, New York and Ansonia, Connecticut (can't remember for sure which one I first heard the peepers at, I think it was Saturday a week ago in New York). But since midweek, I've been hearing them locally. Ice is pretty much gone from local ponds here in far southern N.H. I remember hearing them mid-February on a business trip to Raleigh, N.C., decades ago.
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Mar 28, 2020 11:50 PM # 
bl:
Yes, to Newfound. Newfoundland is mixing time & place. A very nice excursion, finally, after 25 yrs. Red wings and peepers are two of spring's key welcoming chorus
participants.

We recall driving to Elk Neck SP on the Chesapeake, it was spring '98 (map has a stamp to that effect). We drove some 10 hours from winter-like NH to the meet site. When we finally arrived, the peepers were most surprising with their exuberance. The Saturday high was around 80F. Comfortable camping was equally surprising.
Apr 14, 2020 4:13 PM # 
chitownclark:
Speaking of Newfound Lake, an interesting profile of nearby Bristol, NH in today's NYTimes, along with some iconic shots of rural New Hampshire. Could maybe just as easily be Bowe?
Apr 14, 2020 11:52 PM # 
bl:
Saw the article (tho link not working). Bristol is considerably more rural than Bow.
Quite a few nice photos in the article along with the frequent struggle for employment with particularly vulnerable livelihoods. So many towns like Bristol in New England and rural America. We have friends in Alexandria, the next town to the west - so we pass right thu the town itself on 104 but had never been north to the lake front.

I'd call Bow a 'rural-like suburb' of Concord and not-so-faraway Manchester. Over the years, we've had bear, moose (rare), the occasional coyote (used to hear yapping and howling) and fox, as well as numerous deer and turkey. More houses now.
Apr 15, 2020 9:59 AM # 
chitownclark:
Sorry about the link. Here's the actual url:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/business/corona...

Although Soupbone and I enjoy the midwest in all seasons, don't think it holds a candle to the natural beauty of New England, as shown by those shots in the article....and yours too!

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