October 18, 2007 in Keepers Log, More Logbook

And to think that I saw it on Esopus Creek…

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This afternoon, I ran an errand in my kayak up the creek to Lynch’s Marina. On the return trip to the lighthouse, I noticed an animal swimming across the creek. Initially, I thought it must be something obvious like a beaver or muskrat. As I approached, I noticed its fuzzy tail and realized that the swimmer was something unexpected: a gray squirrel. I heard about squirrels swimming creeks and rivers but had to see it to believe it. I followed in my kayak until the frantically swimming squirrel reached the shore. Completing the journey across the width of the creek, it scrambled out of the water onto a low-lying branch, leaped into a tree, and disappeared from sight. A semi-aquatic squirrel. Now, that’s something you don’t see everyday.

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