Wednesday November 2, 2015 Jenner CA.
Cool wind blows
The wind was blowing down river when I got to Jenner this morning and it was cool. Usually the wind blows up river most days.
I put my boat in the water and headed across to Penny Island. I wasn’t sure which way to paddle today, up or down river, so I paddled into the little channel on the east end of Penny Island and sat here for a spell just taking it easy.
After a good while, I decided to paddle down the river taking the island back channel. There were a bunch of coots feeding which I paddled past. Mixed in with the coots were some Buffleheads and some golden eyed ducks.
Stopped in the slot
River’s mouth area
Mostly closed mouth
I pulled up into my spot here just in front of were the river’s mouth was. It’s low tide right now. I watched the waves breaking on the jetty rocks. High tides can still get over the sand you see there forming the dam that closes the mouth. Lots of seagulls were resting there.
C6 harbor seal is named Snowy
Patti, a reader and a kayaker checked recently to find out what the tag was about and where this harbor seal came from.
She found out that this harbor seal was separated from it’s mother as a pup and the seal rescue people took care of it last summer.
Here’s what they had to say
We’ll check with our Stranding Department and see what we can find out for you.
As far as the hat tag, we use tags like that on our patients when they’re here at the Center so individual patients can get specialized treatment. The hat tags, (or “party hats” as our volunteers call them), make it easy to ID patients quickly while they’re in the water, or from a distance. And, as you can see from the pic, they enable us to ID our former patients for a time after we release them.
More from the rescue people
We got more information for you from the Stranding Department. The harbor seal in your pic was one of our patients from this past summer, named Snowy. Snowy was rescued for maternal separation and was released in June. We’re happy to see he’s doing well back in his ocean home!
Thanks Patti for finding this out for us. The seal will lose that hat tag soon and then it will no longer be Snowy, but just another harbor seal.
I decided to head back in for the day as I needed to go to Sebastopol to get a new hose for the dozer at the hydraulic shop and do a little shopping too.
As I was checking them out, I noticed this gopher just as it disappeared down it’s hole, so I waited to see if it would come back up. Shortly it did come back up but just for a few seconds. It looked at me for just a bit, then went back down it’s hole and proceeded to push dirt up blocking the entrance and I didn’t see it any more.
I put the boat on the car and headed on over to Sebastopol and went to Taylor’s coffee to pick up some of there organic coffee beans which I did.
Then it was up the road to the hydraulic hose place. They made up a new hose to match the old one.
From there I went to an Asian market to pick up a sack of pounded yam flour as I want to try cooking something with it. I’ve never tried it before, but it looked interesting, so I thought I’d see if I can make anything good with it or not. They have lots of interesting things in that market, some of them I have no idea what to use them for.
Fuel oil guy
I was almost home when I saw the fuel oil guy pulling into his house, so I stopped to see when he could make a delivery as I’m almost out of fuel oil, maybe tonight is my last night. I’d talked to him before about it, but we haven’t been able to meet up to get the job done. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, so it seemed like a good time to get it done, so we made arrangements to get some fuel in the afternoon which means I have to stay home tomorrow.
From there I went on home and that was my day.