Salmon Hole Phenology

A Study of Salmon Hole Through the Seasons

04/27 Visit

When I went to Salmon Hole early this morning, it was raining pretty heavily. Because of this, I did not see any other people while I was there, but unfortunately did not hear any songbirds or see any mammals either. When I arrived, I saw how flooded the area had become, due to all of the recent rain and snowmelt coming from eastern Vermont. About half of my site was underwater, and water was bursting from the dam.

I had hoped that the sandy clay, being smoothed over from all the water, would show clear animal tracks, but unfortunately there were no tracks to be seen. I did see a black cormorant fly over the water and settle down near the dam, but could not get a clear photo of it. I later saw some geese farther downstream that had just flown in and landed, which means geese are returning for the summer!

There were no wildflowers growing, as I do not think sand is favorable for them, but I did notice a patch of these plants sprouting on the bank of the river. I was unable to identify this plant myself, but will be uploading a picture to iNaturalist for assistance.

The mysterious plants.

I saw a few different flowering buds, one from a tree on the path to my site and one from a plant on the river shore. I am still working on identifying these as well, as I do not have much experience with flowering bud identification. The cottonwoods seem to have buds beginning to flower, but none were low enough to look at up close. I did notice the moss on the surrounding rocks looking much greener and thicker, as all the grass around town has started to look. I sketched the bush buds, as well.

While this was not a super eventful visit, I am really excited about seeing the cormorant, as I have not seen one at my site before, only from a distance on Champlain and most often on the St. Lawrence Seaway in New York.

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