Nissequogue River Paddle: Signs of Spring

Last Saturday we had perfect weather and an incoming tide for a great paddle up the Nissequogue River from Nissequogue River State Park (just upstream of the outlet to Long Island Sound) to the take-out on Rte. 25A near “The Bull.” Most of the riverside vegetation showed some tint of green as leaf buds are swelling and unfurling, and tracks of the horseshoe crab (but no eggs) were found at one beach stop.  Lots of brant and lesser yellowlegs stopping to feed en route to their nesting sites in northern Canada, and a couple of great and snowy egrets…both local nesters.  Upstream, where the water was less saline, we encountered several large snapping turtles basking in the shallows.

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