Flora and Fauna of Mine Falls Park
©2011-13 Bruce A. Conti
Lone phlox found along an exposed bank of the power canal.
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, Podilymbus podiceps, on the Nashua River.
Amaranthus Pigweed is a common wasteland plant.
This elusive Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, was photographed after loud reverberating calls led me to its location.
Pine Warblers are rarely seen in the open.
Pink Beardtongue, Penstemon spp., found on the grassy moist banks of Mill Pond.
Pink Lady's Slipper
Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, is easily recognized by its purple branches. The berries are poisonous.
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.
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.
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
Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa.
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