Paddle Log — 2024
Athens April 17 Both 10 Ospreys nesting on HA, a few eagles, a snapping turtle & 1000 cormorants flying north. Lunch at SMG.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 20 Both 7 Wagers Pond & Erie Canal. Clear passage. Many muskrats & GBHs.
Vandenburgh-Dunsbach Ferry April 23 Both 7 Repeat of previous. Turtles everywhere (including snapping turtles), a water snake & a fugitive tiny gosling quickly coralled by worried parents.
Ticonderoga State Boat Launch April 26 Both 12 Exploration of flooded East Creek marshes (98.3 feet), joined by 100s of milling cormorants. Also encountered what must be a record number of map turtles on the day.
North Germantown Landing May 4 Both 5 Many eagles & snapping turtles in Inbocht Bay. Paddle shortened by increasing south wind.
North Germantown Landing May 7 Both 10 Repeat of previous under idyllic conditions. Many eagles & several ravens, even a raccoon, but no snapping turtles in Inbocht Bay. Lunch near Roe Jan.
Stuyvesant Landing May 11 Both 13 Explored many eagle nests. Most are active. Surprised a pair of snapping turtles playing Jack & Jill. Lunch at SMG. Very little river traffic.
Lock 7 May 19 Both 13 Falcon activity near Knolls & below Llenroc, otherwise not particularly lively, Alplaus still a dud. Lunch at the grotto.
Peru State Boat Launch May 25 Both 12 Valcour, Garden & Crab Islands with a raven family on the first, a gbh nest on the second & common goldeneyes at the last. Too many mallards.
Henry Hudson May 26 Both 5 Two large Papscanee chicks at the nest already flexing their wings. Pleasant morning.
Athens June 1 Both 13 Eagle nests active at LNH & Gays Point, chicks well advanced. The SMG nest remains vacant. HA ospreys are nesting as usual. Extensive incipient chestnut mats.
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