Paddle Log — 2020
LAUNCH SITE DATE WHO DISTANCE COMMENTS
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry Mar 9 Both 6 Wagers Pond & Krause's on a very warm day. Eagles, hawks, ducks, muskrats, beavers, even painted turtles.
Athens Mar 18 Both 12 Clear early, light cloud cover late, not much wind. Many ducks, mostly mergansers, also woodies, black ducks & buffleheads. Eagle nests at MGF, PH, SMG & NH are all viable.
Coxsackie Mar 26 Both 11 Quiet day, mergs & teals at PH, a solitary bufflehead at SMG & a solitary eagle at NH. Highlight was CG replacing #148 at four mile point.
Athens April 5 Both 13 Warm, cloudy day highlighted by the salvage of an abandoned kayak stuck in the reeds near HA.
North Germantown Landing April 7 Both 11 At least ten young eagles active around Inbocht Bay early. Also a new nest in the shallow cove above Greene Point. Good luck!
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 20 Both 6 Unpromising start, eventual excitement on the Erie Canal with appearances in succession of a hooded merganser, a complaisant kingfisher, two circling eagles & a pair of combative snapping turtles.
Athens April 23 Both 11 Quiet beginning turning blustery after a stop at HRISP. Head-to-wind all the way back, detour through West Flat for a respite.
Coxsackie April 25 Both 12 Warm, calm, pleasant day. Round trip PH, stopping at HA to salvage a hatch cover, observed beached boat both ways on SMG mud flat.
Stuyvesant Landing April 28 Both 15 Wind on & off all day, mostly adverse. Ospreys gathered around Stockport Creek to feast on herrings while an eagle contemplated larceny.
Ticonderoga State Boat Launch May 2 Both 12 Exploration of flooded East Creek marshes (97.5 feet) & swollen La Chute with brisk current. Many map turtles both places.
South Bay State Boat Launch May 6 Both 14 Marsh exploration to The Narrows of Dresden, a multitude of ospreys. Lunch at Chubbs Dock. Dead calm morning, intermittent light following wind on return.
Coxsackie May 16 Both 8 Blustery early head-to-wind, calming down after tide turned, water level very low. Many turtles at Rattlesnake Island, a seal surfaced at Coxsackie Light.
Athens May 17 Both 15 Steady breeze all day. Many shore birds, otherwise little activity.
North Germantown Landing May 20 Both 12 Inbocht Bay both ways & Roe Jan. Clear, mostly calm day. Many shy snapping turtles in IB. Both eagle nests have chicks.
Stuyvesant Landing May 21 Both 16 Clear day on low water with beaching episodes. Bank swallows are back, exuberant activity at SMG.
Ticonderoga State Boat Launch May 22 Both 10 Probed East Creek marshes, 97.1 feet, intense carp breeding activity in places & loud gallinules often heard but not seen. Lunch on a rickety pier.
Stuyvesant Landing May 24 Both 14 Clear day on low water again, this time no beaching. Outstanding encounter with an eagle eating a large fish by RI. Lunch at SMG.
 
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