Our t-shirt-and-shorts days are numbered! Time to get out on the water once more, taking a paddle around one of the prettiest bodies of water in southern New Hampshire: Powder Mill Pond, in Hancock. The pond is still chock-full of bird-life this time of year. With the shortening days, the swallows are staging in larger groups: we'll have a chance to see four species on the wing, Tree, Bank, Barn, and Rough-winged, all "hawking" for insects, and we'll study their differences. Belted Kingfishers will be chattering from the shoreline, and we'll try to find a Wood Duck family or two without spooking them.
This trip will include an informal picnic. Bring a bagged lunch and plenty of water, and we'll pull the boats on shore for a bite to eat around noon.
Let's meet at 9:00 at Elmwood Junction (S. Elmwood Rd.), just off Route 202, about 7.3 miles north of Peterborough. Take an immediate left over a little bridge and follow the road to the parking spot beside the pond.
Note: Don't have a canoe or kayak? No problem. We have boats available for use, but we need to know ahead of time if you're planning to come. R.S.V.P. if you're interested to firstname.lastname@example.org.