Monday September 14, 2015 Jenner CA.
There was a slight drizzle as I pulled into Jenner this morning. Just in case it might really rain, I put my rain pants on before getting into my boat. That should make sure it doesn’t rain while I’m out there.
Biologists working away
As I was paddling across the river some of the biologists came by in their boats. I knew they were headed over to the upper end of Penny Island to collect samples from the river so I paddled over to my spot in the little channel and watched what they were doing.
I watched as the diver brought up a sample tube to the boat. They push these little pipes into the bottom of the river to collect a sample of what’s living in the stuff on the bottom of the river. These guys were getting samples out in the river while the other boat got them on and near the shore.
Here they are just pulling this drag net in which I think they call a sled. They drag it along the bottom of the river to collect what’s living in that area. The shore guys also pull smaller ones along the shoreline to collect specimens there.
I watched these guys until they finished this spot and took off up the river to their next sample spot, up by Willow Creek.
I cut going up river short and stopped at Otter’s log for a bit. There was a bit of drizzle and it looked windier up river, so I decided to go back down the river to the mouth area to have a look at what was going on.
I pulled into my spot in the closed river’s mouth and sat and watched the goings on.
Most of the harbor seals were gone from the shoreline. When the river’s mouth closes up, most of the seals move from the river to the ocean to do their daily resting on the shore.
Watching the pelicans
There were some brown pelicans across from me. They were preening and also doing some fishing when a school of fish would come by which seemed to be often today.
I saw this one pelican doing something different. After watching it a bit, I think that thing in it’s bill is a rock, it was tossing it around, even dropping it in the water and getting it again. It might be a clam, but I think it was a rock it was playing with.
Lots of pelicans lately. Just about the time I get tired of watching something in the river, things will change and I’ll have something else to watch and I’m never know just what that might be.
I went on home for the day where I took it easy and didn’t do much, except a bit of puttering around in the yard and thinking about what I need to get together for my upcoming trip back to the desert.
That was pretty much my day.