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Seeing nature from the water’s edge on annual Spring paddle

NATURE FROM THE WATER’S EDGE, ON AN MVFN PADDLE

The focus of  MVFN’s paddling program is to seeing, learning about, and enjoying nature,  from the water’s edge. On Sunday May 29th MVFN held their annual Spring Paddle, which took place this year on Crotch Lake. On this paddle the group also enjoyed an island lunch and a swim! Below is a brief report of the day by Mary Robinson and a list of birds seen or heard during the paddle, compiled by Mary. Also included below are a series of photographs taken by Howard Robinson. Upcoming paddle dates are shown on the CALENDAR OF EVENTS  on the MVFN website. 

MVFN Spring Paddle on Crotch Lake

MVFN’s first canoe/kayak outing in 2016 was held on Crotch Lake on Sunday, May 29th.  Ten paddlers, four canoes and two kayaks launched on the north shore of the lake near the Crotch Lake camping entrance.  Since it was a glorious sunny day, it was not surprising to see many other people, including a scout troop, enjoying the campsites and the lake activities. Led by Cliff Bennett, our group followed the shore-line, all the while viewing nature from the water and the list of the bird species seen or heard from the water’s edge follows. One interesting sighting was the decaying body of a moose which most likely fell through the ice during the winter-time.  Our lunch destination was a nearby island that was initially occupied by a flock of Canada Geese who obligingly vacated the island when we approached.  Several of our group enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake before we headed back to our launch site and we all got off the lake as storm clouds approached. The Trout Hotel at Ompah proved to be a good spot for a drink and a chat to end a very enjoyable outing!

Mary Robinson

  1. Blue Jay
  2. Great-crested Flycatcher
  3. American Crow
  4. Turkey Vulture
  5. Song Sparrow
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Common Grackle
  9. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  10. Warbling Vireo
  11. Red-eyed Vireo
  12. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  13. Ovenbird
  14. Common Loon
  15. Ring-billed Gull
  16. Herring Gull
  17. American Robin
"By shield water- paddle to the west"  photo Howard Robinson

“By shield water- paddle to the east” photo Howard Robinson

Canada Geese. photo Howard Robinson

Canada Geese. photo Howard Robinson

photo Howard Robinson

photo Howard Robinson

 

 

Lunch Island landing. photo Howard Robinson

Lunch Island landing. photo Howard Robinson

A swim at lunch. photo Howard Robinson

A swim at lunch. photo Howard Robinson

 

Viewing nature from the water-what our MVFN paddles are all about. photo Howard Robinson

Viewing nature from the water-what our MVFN paddles are all about. photo Howard Robinson

Floating moose carcass. Photo Howard Robinson

Floating moose carcass. Photo Howard Robinson