Bob and I went over to Dead Creek with Charles Johnson and his family today. We took our canoe and Charles had a row boat. We put in on the Vergennes-Panton Road and paddled to the mouth of Dead Creek, where it flows into Otter Creek. THISTLES are all going to seed. I seem to have missed them when they were in flower. For birds, we saw or heard: GREAT HORNED OWL, CROWS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, GREAT BLUE HERON, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPERS working the mud flats, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREEN HERON, MARSH HAWK, DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILLDEER, PEEPS, RING-BILLED GULLS, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MARSH HAWK. For plants, we saw ARROWHEAD in blossom, FLOWERING RUSH (an import), and WHITE WATER LILIES.