Great Vly Paddle / 7am
The Great Vly is a large freshwater marsh bordered by rock cliffs and wooded hills. Osprey, Golden Eagle, American Bittern, blackbirds, and thirty species of warblers pass through The Great Vly during spring migration. Common Nighthawks assemble in small flocks to rest and feed over the open marsh. Common and Black Terns have been observed in migration. Woodcocks, Swamp Sparrows, rails, and herons nest here, along with 3 species of vireos, warblers and other woodland birds. In late summer and early fall, unique floating mats of vegetation provide good shorebird habitat.
Great Vly Paddle is limited to six people each morning and Peter would like to stress this should not be considered an easy paddle with a few areas where floating vegetation mats require a little elbow grease but it is these very mats that provide unique habitat for shorebirds in Ulster.