Monday, April 15, 2013

Lobster Cove from Jones River

Lobster Cove (at left) isn't a bad destination for an after work paddle.  In fact, my short journey there this afternoon was quite pleasant as the incoming tide was busy refilling the Annisquam River.  I would find out later that during my time on the water a tragedy was in the making at today's Boston Marathon: a senseless act ruining the lives of many innocent people and bringing disgrace to whatever cause may have inspired it... a sad day in Boston.

I'd pushed off from Long Wharf on the Jones River in Gloucester...
 
It was mid-tide and a group of clammers (I believe) were hauling out their boats as I was preparing to launch mine. 
 
Exiting the Jones River I saw the village of Annisquam lying across the river of the same name...
 
 
On the short paddle over to Lobster Cove I encountered these sandpiper-like birds...
 
...this eider duck...
 
...and this long-tailed duck...
 
A good number of buffleheads were also seen in Lobster Cove.
 
My return trip to Long Wharf included a circumnavigation of Pearce Island which allowed me to take a look at the osprey nest on the small islet to the island's west.  The nest is occupied by one adult...
 
...while the other stands guard in a nearby tree...
 
...and makes frequent sweeps to clear the surrounding area of encroaching herons and egrets.
 
Very little trash was encountered today...
 
There were only 5 recyclable containers (1 redeemable) and 4 pieces of misc. rubbish (plastic bags). 
YTD = 1818  The soda bottle embossed with "Pepsicola" is a type I don't recall having seen in recent times.







2 comments:

Anne Bobroff-Hajal said...

Hi, I'm a New Yorker now, but grew up in Sudbury. It's been fun finding your posts about the Sudbury River, which my parents many years ago helped fight to protect from high tension wires being built down the flood plain. I'm a member of a White Plains, NY, environmental group working on issues of plastic trash particularly in our waterways. We're collecting photos of the huge amounts of plastics that wash down Westchester County rivers into Long Island Sound. I wondered whether you happen to know of any trashpaddlers down our way who might have documented their hauls? Thanks for any help you can give in a good cause!

Suasco Al said...

Hi Anne, Glad to hear you enjoy memories of the Sudbury River and that some of my posts help in that regard.
As to your question about trashpaddlers operating in Long Island Sound, I don't know of anyone off hand but feel it's likely there are folks documenting what they're removing. Perhaps someone at www.soundkeeper.org can help. Best of luck with your plastic trash project. Al