Paddle Log — 2019
Coxsackie Mar 14 Both 9 Vast numbers of nervous geese, scads of skittish mergansers, two immature eagles. Stop at Bronck Island. Wind picked up a bit.
Coxsackie Mar 24 Both 11 Eagle extravaganza, 20-25 on the day, main concentration at Brickyard Bay. Elsewhere nests at SMG & NH are active.
Coxsackie Mar 27 Both 10 Many buffleheads at SMG & PH. Calm beginning, following wind on return.
Coxsackie April 7 Both 17 Warm, calm, pleasant day. Round trip MGF to observe two eagle nests. Otherwise sparse wildlife, more mergansers than geese, one grebe.
Stuyvesant Landing April 11 Both 14 Double-crested cormorants at RI early, a great-crested cormorant on 166 near RI late under lowering skies. Lunch at PH.
Athens April 17 Both 11 Very high water, intermittent breeze, several osprey encounters, serene conditions late.
Flight Lock Road April 22 Both & Alan 14 Warm & windy, water bouncy at times. Few raptors & waterfowl, many turtles & some muskrats. Lunch at town park.
Stuyvesant Landing April 23 Both 14 Warm & calm, strong ebb flow. Many turtles rising from the mud. Lunch at HRISP.
Athens April 25 Both 12 Quiet day, little activity except for an encounter with a beaver on the shore at Rogers Island.
Stuyvesant Landing May 6 Both 17 Pleasant day on elevated water — a goose taking a bath, an osprey circling with a fish & mergansers repeatedly taking off. Lunch at PH.
Lock 7 May 9 Both 12 Calm at launch, blustery return. Eagle, rt hawks, spotted sandpipers, falcon feasting on a jay & greater yellowlegs.
Aqueduct Park May 11 J 2 Pedal, paddle & run triathlon. Windy one way.
Coxsackie May 16 M 11 Windy early, calming down, water level very high, stop at flooded Bronck Island. Many turtles at Rattlesnake Island, eagle parent with chicks in the nest.
Coxsackie May 18 Both 12 Morning launch against tide to PH, exciting eagle activity at four mile point. Windy interludes while returning, eventually calming down, water level high.
Coxsackie May 22 Both 10 Day of sporadic activity, some eagles & gbh's, also busy bank swallows at SMG. Windy interludes throughout, tapering off by end.
Krumkill Road Bridge May 24 J & Elvira 5 Muddy Normanskill. Take-out at New Scotland Avenue.
Athens May 27 Both 16 Windy morning calming down after lunch at Nutten Hook. Many eagles. Met David at SMG.
North Germantown Landing May 30 Both 9 Inbocht Bay & Roe Jan. Calm, gray day. Relocated eagle nest on Inbocht Island, new eagle nest on west shore & a mural depicting a time traveler on a barn wall.
Stuyvesant Landing May 31 Both 10 Windy start, calm finish, explored Schodack Creek marshes, stop at RR village. Few photo ops.
South Bay State Boat Launch June 7 Both 14 Marsh exploration to The Narrows of Dresden. Much wildlife activity including large beaver & snake. Lunch at Chubbs Dock. Dead calm morning followed by head-to-wind all the way back.
Athens June 9 Both 14 Early launch into a serene setting, not much wildlife activity. Highlight was an extended canada goose family plus one greylag.
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