Alum Creek Reservoir Paddle – Howard Rd to Kilborne

We usually like to paddle Alum Creek Reservoir from the Howard Road Bridge launch north past the bridge at Kilborne at least two times each summer. The nesting platforms at the north end of the reservoir usually guarantee good views of Osprey and as we make our way along the shoreline there are always a few surprises. Today was no exception with bird sightings that included;  Prothonotary Warblers. Pileated Woodpeckers, Spotted Sandpipers, Green and Great Blue Herons, Eastern Wood Peewees, King Birds and Bald Eagles. We were also surprised to see a Wood Duck and her ducklings this late in the summer. With Mallards we’ve noticed that nesting times can vary a lot so maybe that also the case with Wood Ducks. In addition there were a variety of turtles that always amaze us by how wary they are as we approach in the canoe. I would have loved a picture of the two large dragonflies we saw crash land in the lake as they engaged in aerial combat. They both managed to get themselves out of the water.

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The east side of the reservoir has several cliff areas that are always beautiful to paddle along and once you begin to enter the river the beauty becomes more intimate. With all the recent rain, the surrounding woods were a lush shade of green.

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If you want a better look click on the image.

Alum Creek Landscape 1 - DMP

Alum Creek Landscape 1 – DMP

Wood Duck & Chicks - DMP

Wood Duck & ducklings – DMP

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle 3

Bald Eagle 3

Bald Eagle 4

Bald Eagle 4

Bald Eagle 5

Bald Eagle 5

Osprey 1

Osprey 1

Osprey 2

Osprey 2

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

Osprey Platform

Osprey Platform

Caterpillar - DMP

Sycamore Tussock Moth caterpillar – DMP

Juvenile Red Tail - DMP

Juvenile Red Tail – DMP

Green Heron - DMP

Green Heron – DMP

Spotted Sandpiper - DMP

Spotted Sandpiper – DMP

Alum Creek Landscape 2

Alum Creek Landscape 2

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