Well, due to time limitations and the distance, we reconsidered our destination in mid-paddle. And as we were discussing our options, we heard an unusual chattering from the marsh. What was that? It was not like any of the bird calls with which we were familiar. So I trained my binocular on the edge of the marsh and caught a glimpse of brown fur. A mink! And he was trying to break into an oyster! When he spotted us, he glided back into the marsh, but continued to chatter so we were able to follow the noise. But before we could continue tracking the mink, this little Marsh Wren popped out to check us out!
|Marsh Wren -- photo by Carl Miller|
|Mink! -- photo by Carl Miller|
With the tide beginning to turn, we decided to turn around and head back to the dock and explore some of the tiny creeks along the way.
|Black skimmer over Pluff Mud -- photo by Carl Miller|
|Least Sandpiper -- photo by Carl Miller|
When we were about 200 yards from the dock, we saw what appeared to be bottle-nosed dolphin herding fish at the edge of the mud bank another 100 yards ahead. Hoping to be able to photograph them, we paddled in high gear towards them. But apparently, our paddling hard must have distracted them, because as we approached and began scanning the bank where we last saw them, they surfaced 25 feet to our port side. They had come over to check us out! Beautiful! A photo op was missed but I still have the memory of it. We will keep trying! Following the paddle, we finished off the morning with a delicious swim! Life is sweet on Schooner Creek!