Flora and Fauna of Mine Falls Park

(Page 6)

©2011-13 Bruce A. Conti



Pale Smartweed
      

Phlox

Lone phlox found along an exposed bank of the power canal.

Pickerel Weed
    

Pickerel Weed, Pontederia cordata, an aquatic plant common to all the shallow waters of the park, is said to be given its name because Pickerel fish tend to share the same places.


Pied-Billed Grebe
      
Pied-Billed Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, on the Nashua River.


Pigweed
       
Amaranthus Pigweed is a common wasteland plant.

Pileated Woodpecker
    

This elusive Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, was photographed after loud reverberating calls led me to its location.


Pine Warbler


Pine Warblers are rarely seen in the open.


Pink Beardtongue
     



Pink Beardtongue, Penstemon spp., found on the grassy moist banks of Mill Pond.


Pink Lady's Slipper
    

Pokeweed
     



Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, is easily recognized by its purple branches. The berries are poisonous.

Poppies
    
California Poppy (above) and "Blind Eye" variety (below), surprisingly growing wild here in southern New Hampshire. These poppies were discovered at the top of a steep embankment near the Millyard, perhaps the result of renegade seeds from a cultivated garden or dropped a long distance away by a weather front. Poppy seeds are so small that they could 'pop' up anywhere according to botanist Bill Harms who has found similar populations in Maryland.
    

Prarie Coneflower


Praying Mantis
     

Purple Loosestrife
A familiar sight throughout New England blanketing open areas with purple mid to late summer, Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, is an invasive species. Attempts to control the spread in New Hampshire have been by manually cutting or pulling up plants, and by the introduction of bugs to eat the plants.

Rattlesnake Root
Drooping flowers of the Tall Rattlesnake Root, Prenanthes trifoliata, also known as Gall-of-the-Earth, a rare find in the dry woods of Mine Falls.

Red Bellied Woodpecker
     

Red-Wing Blackbird
     

Red-Tail Hawk
          

Rose Rugosa


Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod

Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa.


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