Paddle Log — 2022
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 2 Both 7 Wagers Pond & a late lunch at Town Park. Access to Erie Canal still blocked by fallen trees. Eagles, ducks, geese, gbh's, muskrats, turtles & a photogenic kingfisher.
Stuyvesant Landing April 5 Both 11 Sunny & calm at launch, eventual light following breeze on return. Two new eagle nests – one on Coxsackie Island, the other at Little Nutten Hook.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 15 Both 7 Wagers Pond & lunch at mucky Delphus Kill. Access to Vischer Ferry now blocked just past Clute's Dry Dock. Painted turtles galore, gbh's & a spirited chase of several ducks by an eagle.
Stockport Station April 18 Both 9 Circumnavigation of MGF. Ospreys building a nest at HA, eagles nesting on north & south MGF, take out as wind began to gain strength.
Athens April 23 Both 14 Ospreys nesting on HA, a goose nesting in a duck blind, cormorants gathered at 152. Lunch at SMG.
Stuyvesant Landing April 24 Both 13 Lively day full of surprises: 1) Trumpeter swan at Coxsackie Creek; 2) Multitude of ospreys above Shady Harbor Marina; 3) Mute swan on Hannacroix Creek; and 4) Garter snake whipped by wind while attempting to swim across the river, requiring a rescue operation.
Round Lake April 30 Both 5 Very high water, Anthony Kill marsh area completely flooded. Usual suspects: geese, rwb's, gbh's, ospreys, turtles, grackles & tree swallows.
Ticonderoga State Boat Launch May 1 Both 14 Exploration of flooded East Creek marshes (99 feet) to the source. Many skittish ducks, large turtles & gallinules heard but not seen. Much osprey activity. Splendid paddle on a splendid day.
Lock 7 May 7 Both 9 Breezy, gray day. Both falcons were present, one constantly preening at the scrape. Lunch at Aqueduct.
Athens May 8 Both 10 Circumnavigation of Rogers Island, stopping for lunch. Sparse wildlife activity, new eagle nest in cove below Athens.
South Bay State Boat Launch May 11 Both 16 Marsh exploration on a very hot day to The Narrows of Dresden. Ospreys at 26, 28 & 30. Lunch at Chubbs Dock, followed by a photogenic gallinule & a water snake. Water level 98 feet.
Aqueduct Park May 14 J 3 Pedal, paddle & run triathlon. Extended course.
Stuyvesant Landing May 14 M 14 Dead calm entire paddle. Surrounded by beavers at the big lodge & buzzed by bank swallows busy at Priming Hook, none at SMG. Very little river traffic.
Athens May 21 Both 16 Early on/off to beat PM heat. Unusual encounters: 1) a green frog; 2) a stray domestic goose; 3) a duck decoy; 4) a turtle rolling a log; 5) a preening merganser; and 6) a snapping turtle.
North Germantown Landing May 25 Both 10 Inbocht Bay loaded with eagles, nest above Greene Point is active, Roe Jan too quiet. Slight south wind picking up a bit on return.
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