The floods are receding. There woods by the river are still flooded. You can see the high-water mark on the trees.
The beaver lodge I saw previously has been enlarged.
The osprey are still plentiful and vigilant
I paddled up stream to an area I call the 'Hidden Marsh'.
Entrance to Hidden Marsh
During the summer when the water is low, it is too choked with weeds to paddle into. With the high water, I could take it all the way in. I finally found that it crosses Kellogg Bay Road.
The marsh is inhabited with the usual wildlife. I saw Virginia Rails, Common Moorhen, ducks, geese and muskrat.
Out towards the edges, I saw heron. There were Great Blue Heron . . .
This one was standing near a smaller heron. What was it?
A Green Heron! Pretty common, but more shy than the Great Blue Heron.
Another stately Great Blue Heron.
I am amazed at the green in the marsh. The Duck Weed was all about . . .
. . . covering logs, . . .
. . . and by the ferns and cattails.
I came across a patch of irises in the weeds. Fantastic!
After a few hours of exploring, I headed back. I came across an Osprey nest I had never seen before.
I then came across another beaver lodge. This one had a dock pushed against it. The dock must have been pushed downstream during the flood.
I had heard and seen frogs all about, but I never could get a photo. Just as I was about to take my boat out, I came across this large bullfrog. It never moved as I took some pictures.
It started to rain as I was preparing to leave. The mosquitoes were fierce. I must have killed over a dozen in my car that got in when I opened the car doors. Luckily it was windy on the water and they did not bother me when I was paddling!
I hope you had a good day today!