Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sudbury River - Lee's Bridge to Sherman's Bridge

This morning's trip up the Sudbury River from the Lincoln Canoe Launch to Sherman's Bridge brought me past the mouth of Pantry Brook.  The photo at left attests to how much lower the river level is compared to the brook these days. Usually, at this time of year, the river and the brook are at nearly the same height.  On April days during many previous years, I've been able to paddle over the sheet piling dam into the upstream impoundment.  Meaningful rain will be most welcome!

Wildlife continue to return from winter locales such as these tree swallows...

And this killdeer...


Year rounders such as this busy musquash were seen out and about on the river...


There were also red-tailed hawks, red-winged blackbirds, belted kingfishers, blue herons, a great egret, mallards, wood ducks, and painted turtles.

Trash was fairly sparse with most being recently exposed by the dropping water level.  Once back at the Lincoln Canoe launch today's group of 34 posed hullside...
There were 15 recyclable containers (12 redeemable) and 19 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as plastic bags, styrofoam, a flower pot, and some bubblewrap.  YTD = 1628

The canal leading into the boat launch is very silty and turbid lately...

Possibly the discoloration is due to the twin beaver lodges in the canal, and submerged traffic going in and out of the lodges?



1 comment:

Bernie Paquette said...

Love the critter shots each trip.