Monday, June 3, 2013

John Paul Jones on the Assabet




Skies were just starting to clear when, after launching at Lowell Rd. in Concord, I headed towards Egg Rock and the Assabet River (opening photo).  As I worked my way upriver I came upon the first Musquash trap I've seen this year...
 
A little further along was this Muscovy duck and her ducklings...
 
 
Above them was an active bird's nest...
 
 
Couldn't find the bird in my guidebook.  Perhaps a warbler?
 

Still further upriver, a piece of trash brought me close to the shore, where an old amber 1-pint bottle was found with a Revolutionary War soldier depicted...
 
 
Once cleaned up a bit, the bottle seems to be relating the 1779 Battle of Flamborough Head in which John Paul Jones is believed to have responded to the British commander "I have not yet begun to fight".  In addition to having an image of John Paul Jones, the bottle is also embossed with 2 tall ships (one broadside to the other) and a soldier with sword drawn.  The story of a battle which took place in the North Sea found lying on the bottom of the Assabet River!  And the bottle's in great shape!
 
Other, more ordinary trash found today gathered alongside my hull (without any drama)...
 
There were 36 recyclable containers (5 redeemable) and 38 pieces of trash including 2 balloons, several empty cans of spray paint, a spool of fishing line, and several plastic bags.  YTD = 2660




2 comments:

suep said...

That bird might be a Great Crested Flycatcher - their call sounds like "buuuurrrp ! buuuuurp! buuurrp!"

Have you noticed that balloons seems to be EVERYwhere?? I find them in the most out-of-the-way places, ribbons still attached ... as trash goes, they are "forever"

Suasco Al said...

Thanks Sue for the possible ID. I didn't hear its call but in print it looks similar to my own ;)

To still see these celebration-type balloons in the environment is sad. While I can understand folks wanting to make a buck by selling them, I can't understand why folks would still buy them.