Monday December 7, 2015 Jenner CA.
I could see the water was calm and flat when I arrived at Jenner this morning. I put my boat in the water and headed on up stream intending to go up river a little further than I usually go.
A seagull attacked the eagle so it abandoned the coots and flew off down river.
Paddled up the river
I worked my way up the river to just above Markham’s pool where I sat for a bit, then turned back down the river.
Willow creek is flooded
On the way back, I paddled into Willow Creek which was flooded a bit because of the mouth being closed and the water level being high. I was able to paddle in this swamp area which usually doesn’t have enough water in it to do that.
I continued on down the north shoreline just below Paddy’s rock looking for wild life. I was checking out the great blue heron sitting there when I notice something moving in the brush off to where it was looking.
Paddling into Penny Island
I left the otters and continued on down the river paddling along it’s north shoreline. I could see the island was flooded on the lower end so I paddled on in to see what I might see. There’s a hawk on that pipe up ahead. Can I get around it for some better light for a picture?
On my way out to the river, I saw this otter on the big log, but again I was on the wrong side of the sun for any good pictures. By this time the otter has seen me and checked me out and decided to stay, so I thought I might be able to get around to the lighted side there without it leaving.
I took some pictures on this side, then paddled out and around to see if I could come in the other side.
I left the otter to it’s nap and headed on down towards the river’s closed mouth area.
Down at the mouth
The mouth was closed all right. I found a bunch of wood debrie and a lot of heavy foam floating on the water, indicating that a lot of ocean water had washed over the closed mouth very recently helping to rise the water level of the estuary.
I headed on in from there and loaded my boat on the car.
Picked up the dozer part
I didn’t go home though. I needed to get that pipe fitting for the dozer repair, so I continued on to Sebastopol to the hydraulic place. They had the part and I went on home for the day.
That’s my day.