Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Concord River - Egg Rock to Davis Hill & Return
As evidenced by the adjacent photo, conditions were fairly nice out on the upper Concord River today. Plenty of sunshine and temperatures on the good side of the freezing point. Imagine it won't be much longer before some of these waters start becoming solid.
Today's trash patrol got off to a good start with a brief shore raid just below the Lowell Road bridge. It netted 24 empty containers, mostly beer cans.
At the Old Manse, a little snow from Saturday's storm could still be seen...
Construction at the Flint's Bridge (Monument St.) project looks to be nearing completion as crews are now working on the side fencing...
Reaching the location of my favorite cabin, a little below Saw Mill Brook, I noted curtains in the windows and a couple of canoes stored near the foundation...
Good to see it being used again as opposed to having that abandoned look which it wore for several years.
In the last mile before Davis Hill, 2 blue herons were observed faithfully manning their posts within 50 yards of each other. Apparently, they've elected to stay up north rather than fly south for the winter. Hope they don't regret it. Other wildlife seen today were Canada geese, mallards, and a red-tailed hawk.
The trip back upriver was into a near-blinding low-angle sun almost the entire way.
At my takeout location, the day's catch of 81 pieces of trash unfolded next to my kayak...
The breakdown was: 48 recyclables (28 redeemable) and 33 misc. trash such as styrofoam, fishing gear, nip bottles, and plastic bags. My YTD total stands at 5472.
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