Paddle Log — 2021
Athens Mar 23 Both 12 Clear early, light cloud cover late, warm. Many ducks, mostly mergansers & buffleheads. Eagle nests at SMG & NH are viable. A mysterious pair of eagles sat on a branch at Brickyard Bay. Is there a new nest nearby?
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry Mar 27 Both 9 Wagers Pond, Erie Canal & lunch at Town Park. Muskrats, painted turtles, gbh's & a new eagle nest at Krause's.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 4 Both 9 Wagers Pond & lunch at Town Park. Access to Erie Canal blocked by a fallen tree. Access ramp to Vischer Ferry posted "do not use." Many gbh's at the pond & a muskrat dined on devil's heads at the launch site late.
Athens April 7 Both 13 Head-to-wind in the morning, few photo ops, the Naval Militia at the put-in was the highlight.
North Germantown Landing April 8 Both 10 A multitude of eagles present around Inbocht Bay & ospreys nesting on #116 again. Either a fox or coyote appeared briefly on an island in the Roe Jan. A pleasant day!
Round Lake April 9 Both 5 Very high water, Anthony Kill marsh area completely flooded. Many high strung geese & impatient male rwb's.
Stuyvesant Landing April 10 Both 13 Bright sun, no wind, pleasant paddle. Some eagles, some ducks & a peregrine falcon. Lunch at SMG.
Coxsackie April 17 Both 9 Cool breeze under a lowering sky. Stiff current on Stockport Creek. Lunch at SMG.
Athens April 24 Both 13 Ospreys nesting on HA, an eagle threatened a goose near Stockport Creek but refrained from attack, map turtles taking the sun. Lunch at top of Brickyard Bay.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry May 9 Both 6 Wagers Pond & Erie Canal. Much wildlife, including a black-crowned night-heron & a woodchuck.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry May 13 Both 5 Repeat of preceding cut short by a sudden drop in water level & strong downstream current. Someone opened the dam! Much wildlife again, highlighted by many snapping turtles.
Ticonderoga State Boat Launch May 15 Both 18 Exploration of flooded East Creek marshes (97.1 feet) to the source & a docile La Chute. Surprisingly sparse wildlife actiivty. Many loud unseen gallinules.
South Bay State Boat Launch May 20 Both 14 Marsh exploration on a hot day to The Narrows of Dresden. Ospreys at 24, 26 & 28, a bowfin at Chubbs Dock. Water level 96.6 feet.
Athens June 1 M 12 Many eagles present. An interesting convergence of two ospreys & two eagles below Gays Point to prey on a minnow. HA ospreys still building their nest.
123rd Street June 5 Both & Cindy 7 A pleasant paddle to C-1, off early to beat the wind & heat.
Coxsackie June 6 Both 12 Stockport Flats paddle with two catfish sessions, one involving kleptoparasitism. Many other photo ops.
Peru State Boat Launch June 12 Both 11 Circumnavigation of Valcour & Garden Islands, ravens on former & big gulls on latter. Splendid paddle.
Coxsackie June 17 Both 13 Pleasant day, sunny & calm until the end. Quiet paddle. Lunch at RR village.
North Germantown Landing June 20 Both 10 As usual eagles ever-present around Inbocht Bay. Also cormorants nesting on IB. Another pleasant day!
Athens July 4 Both 13 Cloudy & breezy early, clearing somewhat in the afternoon. Great egret at SMG.
Coxsackie July 5 Both & Tony 12 Reprise of last year's paddle. Fog early, cloudy & breezy late, fair in between. Many eagle photo ops. Lunch at Priming Hook.
Coxsackie July 7 Both 12 Repeat of previous. Water level lower, more mud flats exposed, five young eagles gathered on one. An SMG chick left the nest, status of other unknown. Also a young falcon on SMG, and a river otter crossed near HA. Lunch at Priming Hook.
Henry Hudson July 16 Both 8 Eagle chick at Papscanee nest, other chicks at Bear Island, four mature eagles. Break at 214.
Coxsackie July 20 M 11 Water level up, fogbound early transforming into haze. There are three SMG chicks & two HA osprey babies. Stop at Priming Hook.
Coxsackie July 22 M 12 Repeat of previous. Very active wildlife. Continual photo ops. Stop at Priming Hook.
Stockport Station July 24 Both & Rachel, Eddie 5 Many egrets (including an immature snowy egret) & the entire SMG eagle family, coming and going. Turnaround at top of Brickyard Bay.
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