Tuesday July 28, 2020 Jenner CA.
Big mysterious nests
There’s some big nests in some trees down at Jenner I’ve seen up in the trees but I’ve never known what used them and if they are even still used as they look real old. They are six or more feet across and clustered up in some thick trees.
So I was thinking today would be a good day to go for a yak and a hike to see if I could learn some more stuff about those big nests.
I put in around 1 I think it was and headed up stream about a half mile as that’s where I had to go to see the big nests.
But first I saw some big birds just up ahead so I paddled over to check them out.
The otters continued on down the river feeding along the way. I let them go as I needed to pull in here to the trailhead to the big rock which goes pretty much straight up the hill from here through a lot of brush and poison oak which I don’t get.
Big rock view
No vultures in the nest this year
There’s a turkey vulture nest on one side of the big rock that I know about so I went around the rock to see if the nest was used this year. They nest in the crack in the big rock in the ferns, but there was no sign that they used the nest this year. They just lay two eggs on the ground in the nest area and don’t really build anything and then the young birds hop around in the ferns until they are big enough to fly.
Headed for the unknown big nests
After resting up on the big rock and enjoying the day for a bit I started on down going a different way then the way I came up to go by the big nests up in the trees I wanted to check out.
The nest bird identified
As I approached the first nest I was fortunate to see just what type of bird was using these nests as one flew out. It was a Barn owl.
Barn owl nests
And it appears they go into this hole in the bottom . Barn owls are cavity nesters. They like holes in things but I didn’t know they made nests in trees like this. I’d always thought they use rocks and caves and barns to nest.
A barn owl colony?
I tried to check out some of the other nests as there are 6 or 10 or so of them but all the other ones were too high for me to be climbing in those trees.
Heading in for the day
I put the boat on the car and drove on home worn out and ready for a nap.
That was my day for a real nice one yakking and hiking and discovering.