Sunday, August 30, 2009
Lower Sudbury and Assabet Rivers
Early this morning I launched my boat onto the lower Sudbury River and trash patrolled down to Egg Rock where I veered to the left in order to ascend the Assabet River to Nashoba Brook. The opening photo shows Dodge Rock earning its name and was taken on my return trip.
On the way to Egg Rock, where the Reformatory Branch of the B & M Railroad used to cross the Sudbury River, I encountered this heron which I believe is a juvenile black-crowned night heron...
The heron allowed me to get very close while it went about hunting...
In addition to this (unusual for me to see) heron were the usual blue herons, belted kingfishers, wood ducks, and Canada geese.
Trash was a bit heavier than typical with a new batch having been sent downriver as a result of yesterday's rainstorm. Clouds still lingered but seemed to be lightening up as the morning progressed.
Upon reaching the confluence of the Assabet and Nashoba Brook, I turned around and began the much easier trip downriver, travelling now with the flow rather than against it.
On the way back to my takeout location, with 75 pieces of trash onboard, I landed on a small beach where we all got out and stretched our legs...
Of the 75, 42 were recyclable (27 redeemable) and 33 were rubbish such as styrofoam, plastic bags, etc. My YTD total stands at 3631. Note: Clicking on photos enlarges image.
By the way, thanks to fellow trashpaddler Sharon for letting me know that the River Road launch site is in Wayland rather than Sudbury. For years I mistakenly thought I was in Sudbury when using this launch site.