Monday August 18, 2014 Jenner CA.
I’ve noticed in the last couple days the birds fishing in the estuary are quite a bit fewer then before. There are still birds fishing, but not near as many as before. And I still see lots of little fish along the shoreline splashing the water, so I know there are still lots of fish in the estuary. So, maybe there are better, easier to catch, or more fish somewhere else?
It was overcast today as I put my boat in the water and headed across the river. There was a little high fog drifting around the area, with a fairly light breeze.
It was low tide as I paddled along at my usual slow pace. I stopped in the middle of these old redwood trees and sat for a bit. I call this spot, Redwood Graveyard, as it seems to be made up of old skeletons of redwood trees that fell over in this spot many years ago. I think these trees grew here a long time ago and fell over, as they are lined up wrong for trees that have floated down the river.
Great blue heron
Further up the river, I came across these two cormorants, that have been on this rock when I come by for the last couple weeks or so. The one with it’s wings out will fly off and the other one will stay as I pass, giving it some distance. That’s been the routine.
I paddled on past the cormorant and settled in at musk rat for a bit, then started on back down the river.
Paddled on down the back channel
I continued on down the river, going down the back channel of Penny Island and down to the west end of the island.
Looking out the river’s mouth area
The ocean was just coming off low tide and the water was just barely starting to come into the river. Some harbor seals and birds where resting on the sand on the right, as I looked out into the Pacific ocean from this spot.
Since the tide was starting to come into the river, I could get my boat fairly far into the river’s mouth without being concerned about being sucked out into the ocean, so I worked my way deeper into the mouth and took these pictures while sitting in this area for a bit.
After awhile I headed on in for the day.
I went on home, I think it was about three PM?
At home, I finished covering up my water line ditch and puttered around the yard for the rest of the day.