Monday September 15, 2014 Jenner CA.
First thing this morning, I went by a friend’s house in Monte Rio to see if I could figure out why his little fridge compressor is getting hot. I measured the voltage on the plug, but it looked ok, so I set him up with a plug in voltage meter so he could measure the voltage himself without getting shocked and left to kayak at Jenner.
Ashore at musk rat nests
As I passed the musk rat nest area, I decided to go ashore here, where I fell over the bank the other day. You can see the nest, if you look carefully, just to the left of my bow and up. The nests are made of sticks and reeds, so blend into the landscape very well. The brush to the right of the nest is where I fell into the berry bushes, as I slid down the bank a couple days ago.
I went ashore and went back to the spot I fell over the bank, by this musk rat nest. I checked for the entrance hole I was investigating when I fell over, but it wasn’t there. The owner of the nest had piled more sticks on top of it, which I uncovered to check out. The entrance was too large for a regular rat, about four to six inches in diameter, so this must be a musk rat nest. The nest is hard to see in the sticks.
Looking for the main trail
I puttered around the area for awhile looking for the main trail that goes down the river from here. I found it and it’s full of poison oak like most of the trails here. This is the end of the trail I call poison oak alley trail, that comes up the south side of the river, from down by Penny Island.
I got back in my boat and sat in the area for awhile longer, resting up, then headed on down the river on the south side.
Osprey on it’s perch
Flicker on the ground
And as I passed eagle’s landing, I saw something moving up on the grassy bank and zeroed in. A pair of flickers were eating things in the grass. Seeds maybe?
Hunting Merganser ducks
Harbor seals in the water
River’s mouth area
It was just starting to change to high tide, so the incoming current was picking up, so I found some foam that wasn’t moving to sit in to get out of the current, so I could rest and not have to paddle to maintain my spot.
I headed on back towards the boat ramp and pulled over to the shore just before I got there where there were some black birds sitting on the shoreline.
That pretty much wraps up my day on the river, for another nice one.