A Cool Fall Day Paddling Around with the Harbor Seals and the Birds

Thursday November 26, 2015 Jenner CA.

I dressed a bit warmer today as it seemed it was still a bit on the cool side out. I put my boat in the water and headed on down to the river’s mouth area to see what was going on today.

There were a bunch of seagulls on the water bathing and just resting. A lot of birds seem to like to bathe in the fresh river water.birds

 

It was high tide and the seals beach was getting washed over when a big wave would come in, looking out the open river’s mouth here.mouth

 

C 6 seal

I was watching the seals when this C 6 seal popped up in front of me and checked me out. The marker on it’s head says C 6.c6

 

This sea lion was hunting around in the estuary today too.sealion

 

I hung around that area for an hour or so then headed on up the river passing these two golden eye ducks.goldeneyes

 

There was a big flock of mud hens feeding on the underwater weeds near the upper end of Penny Island. This was only some of them, about a third of the total.coots

 

I worked my way up the river to this spot at Muskrat and sat for a good while. The wind was staying down today which was nice.sitspot

 

I paddled over to the other side of the river and started down the north shoreline passing these cormorants and a seagull. There’s two different kinds of cormorants in this picture. The two on the left are different.conrmorants

 

Up ahead were some cows feeding along the river bank. This calf stuck it’s tongue out at me. :O) But when I got closer it took off.calf

 

I saw a little bird diving so paddled over to check it out. It turned out to be a little grebe.grebe

 

I headed on down the river and got to the boat ramp but wasn’t ready to take out just yet, so I sat in this spot for a good while just enjoying the day.center

 

Eventually I did make it to the boat ramp and took my boat out for the day.

It was a bit on the cool side when I got home, so I thought it would be a good idea to protect some of my water faucets just in case it was to freeze soon, so I worked on that, mostly just puttering around and that was my day.

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