Thursday May 29, 2014 Jenner CA.
Biologists netting fish
The wind was down at Jenner this morning as I arrived around 10:30AM. Ray already had his boat in the water so I got mine in the water and we headed across to Penny Island. We decided to go on down to the river’s mouth as it was going to high tide soon.
On the way down we could see some biologists netting fish on the shore down near the mouth, so we headed on over to see what they were doing.
They were using a net to catch small fish. They were looking for small steelhead to implant tracking devices in so they can track where the fish go in the estuary, using a boat with receivers on it. But they were just catching small salmon instead of steelhead so far in this spot.
The were also doing something to cause the small fish to purge what they had in their stomachs, so they could see what they were eating. They were eating small shrimp like critters.
The river’s mouth is wide open
We watched them for awhile then left them at it and went on down to the river’s mouth for a spell.
We sat around the mouth area for an hour or so with the harbor seals swimming around us.
Eventually Ray and I headed on back up the river to the channel on the back side of Penny Island.
A walk on Penny Island eating berries
Ray wanted to go for a walk on the island and I thought that would be good as I could eat some more berries that are getting ripe on the island.
We put ashore on the east end of the island for our little walk.
We walked about half way around the island eating berries as we went. They are still getting ripe, but we found enough to eat.
After that walk, Ray decided to go on home, so I followed him to the ramp, then headed back down to the west end of Penny Island where I went over to the slot to take a break for a bit.
Added later: A commenter pointed out that these where Long-billed Curlews. Thank you.
I headed back up to the east end of Penny Island where I ran into Steve in his kayak.
We headed on up the river, crossing over to the north side, headed up to Paddy’s rock.
Rested up at Paddy’s rock
We got out at Paddy’s rock for rest, then crossed the river on over to rat nest beach where we took a break in our kayaks for a bit then started working our way back down the river a a very leisurely pace.
By this time it was about seven PM so we headed in for the day.
That was my day enjoying the water.