Thursday, April 28, 2011

Assabet River - White Pond Rd. to Upstream of Lake Boon Outlet & Back

This morning's paddle/trash patrol was on the Assabet River in Maynard and Stow.  I launched at White Pond Road (Russell's Bridge) and patrolled the river up to the scent mounds (pictured at left) about a half mile above the outlet from Lake Boon.  I believe the scent mounds were created by either beavers or river otters as I have seen both in this area. 
Today still had a summerlike feel even though temperatures were about 10 degrees lower than yesterday.  Winds were a bit on the blustery side and they provided a nice tail-wind on the return trip.
Wildlife seen today were red-winged blackbirds, nesting Canada geese, nesting mute swans, tree swallows, an osprey, mallards, wood ducks, and turtles.
Trash wasn't too bad with most of it being stuff that had been in the river for quite a long while.  The day's catch posed at my turnaround point...
The haul totalled 47 pieces and the usual suspects were rounded-up: 24 recyclable containers (7 redeemable) and 23 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as styrofoam, plastic bags, nip bottles, an old doll, and a duck decoy full of water with only its tail breaking the surface.  My YTD total stands at 2304.

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