Thursday October 20, 2016 Jenner CA.
The water level was up in the estuary
I noticed a couple things right away this morning as I pulled into Jenner to kayak for the day.
I noticed the estuary’s water level was up meaning the river’s mouth was closed. As I crossed the river over to Penny Island I notice some coots had returned to feed on the dead weeds in the water. They swim around like this and dive for the dead weeds that are underwater. They seem to prefer these dead weeds for some reason and they have been returning in fall in increasing numbers since I’ve been watching them.
Breeching the closed river’s mouth
I also noticed the Sonoma County Water Agency’s excavator was down by the closed river’s mouth which meant they were breeching the sand bar at this very minute to let the estuary water level down, which also opens the river’s mouth up to let spawning fish into the river to do their thing.
Paddling onto Penny Island
With the water level up and getting ready to drop soon I headed for the bottom end of Penny Island as the water was high enough to let me paddle onto the island a bit. I went by this great blue heron as I paddled onto the island.
They’re breeching it
Water agency has something new
Shooting the bull with John and our new friend
He just sat down by us and didn’t say much. At first I thought it was just anther beggar, but it wasn’t. It was still sitting there when I left John.
They breeched the mouth and left for the ocean to do it’s thing
They breeched the river’s mouth, but the mouth won’t really open wide until tonight when the ocean goes to low tide and all that sand will wash into the sea as it does if all goes as planned. The ocean was fairly rough and making a lot of noise as it crashed into the rocks by the jetty.
Paddled on up the river a bit
I headed on in for the day and went on home were I took it easy for the rest of the day. I did dig some more potatoes before it got dark as I have an urge for some French fries tonight.
That’s my day for a nice one.