In winter, while many boaters are drydocked, seasoned sea kayakers tend to venture throughout the Chesapeake Bay Basin, especially after a decent snowfall to enjoy a cool paddle into a winter waterscape. During these paddles, we often observe numerous waterfowl including coots, scoters, grebes, mallards, blue and night herons, tundra swan, and wood ducks who commonly winter here.
Last year on St. Patrick's Day, we were lucky to see many of these migrant visitors and residents who guardedly greeted us, as we paddled off the Potomac River to explore Sugarland Run atop its glassy surfaces with emerald-like hues.
--Dom J. (DJ) Manalo, Rockville, MD
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