Basin Harbor Club and Resort Lake Champlain, Vermont

Paddling down the creek

Posted on January 12, 2012

BHC Naturalist’s Log

August 21, 2011

On Otter Creek and Dead Creek, 13 paddlers (a record!) set out in 4 double kayaks and 5 singles. A plethora of birds to see: one immature eagle (its head is still dark); 2 great egrets, stark white against the surrounding cattails; an osprey wheeling high overhead; 2 great blue herons wading stealthily in the shallows, and a green heron (which is not green at all, and much more compact than a great blue) flapping low above the marsh.

We also fished with the small seine net. We came up empty on the first two tries just a little way up on the shore of Dead Creek. But the third time was the charm. Flopping around in the net were: 2 largemouth bass, about 10 crappies, 2 emerald shiners losing their silver scales like tinsel falling off a tannenbaum, one bullhead, a bluegill, and 2 yellow perch. All babies. What a catch!

Matt Witten
Basin Harbor Naturalist