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Sunny day perfect for MVFN field naturalists on Mississippi River

NOTE: The following report and photos re. the August 26th MVFN day-trip paddle were sent in by Howard and Mary Robinson. View this post on our MVFN Facebook page and if you were on the trip, add, in the comments,  any other nature observations you want to share.

Seven vessels (4 canoes and 3 kayaks) set out from the boat launch near the bridge at Country Road 15, paddling upstream on the Mississippi River towards Playfairville.  The river was full and high; the day bright, sunny and not too hot. It was a perfect day for MVFN field naturalists to be out observing nature and the changing landscape from the water’s edge.  We stopped for lunch in a soft maple woodland, then returned to our starting point enjoying an easier paddle travelling downstream with the current.

Below are the bird species seen or heard by some of the participants on the outing. Great Blue Herons were most plentiful and numerous Belted Kingfishers were rattling around on our journey.

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Crow

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Black Tern

Canada Goose

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Red-eyed Vireo

Eastern Phoebe

Common Loon

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Mourning Dove

Double-crested Cormorant

American Goldfinch

Ring-billed Gull

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Green Heron

Osprey

Pileated Woodpecker

~  Mary Robinson

Six of seven vessels in the group. photo Howard Robinson

Six of seven vessels in the group. photo Howard Robinson

Great Blue Heron perches: August 26th on the banks of Mississippi River. photo Howard Robinson

Great Blue Heron perches: August 26th on the banks of Mississippi River. photo Howard Robinson

Beautiful day for paddling and exploring nature at the water's edge. Photo Howard Robinson

Beautiful day for paddling and exploring nature at the water’s edge. Photo Howard Robinson