Aug 20th 2006
I was originally going to head down to Munden Point today, but changed my mind at the last minute, I figure Munden can wait until after summer is over, and there's a lot less boat traffic. So I headed back to the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak facility at Horn Point, I figured I could go and finish the trip that was cut short by weather a couple of weeks ago. I have paddled around and through this marsh a number of times, but never really took an in depth look around.
The wind was a little strong, and seem to be in my face no matter which way I turned, so I didn't see much in the way of bird, or turtles, I actually think I saw more in the ditches on the drive down... The summer flowers are pretty much gone, except for the Seashore Mallow, still some flowers, maybe a couple of weeks left for them, as well as the Broadleaf Arrowhead, not really sure about the yarrow looking flowers.
The water was a little to low to get into a lot of the smaller channels, so I guess I'll have to come back when the water is higher and dig a little deeper. About a year and a half ago the majority of the North end of the marsh burned, which I understand is a natural occurrence, it was pretty intense to watch. Now a year and a half later, the entire marsh has recovered with the grasses as big and dense as ever.
So I was on the way back, thinking I haven't seen a snake this entire trip, in response to an email I got the other day, so this would be a good place for them to come, and what do I see as I am working my way over the sandbar, a Cottonmouth probably somewhere between a 2 to 3 footer. This is the first Cottonmouth I have seen in a while out in the open, usually it is just glimpse as they duck into the weeds. So if you use the Horn Point launch, you may want to keep this in mind.
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