Tuesday January 26, 2016 Jenner CA.
Overcast but nice
It was overcast, but the wind was down as I drove into Jenner this morning and put my boat in the water. A sea lion was barking over by Penny Island and it looked like the harbor seals and the sea lions were on the hunt for big fish coming into spawn today as they were racing around the shorelines.
Two young eagles
I crossed over the river and headed to the little channel on the upper end to decide which way to go today, up or down. I decided up was the way, so popped out the backside of the channel and immediately ran into these two young bald headed eagles. One of them was eating a bird which I think was a buffle head duck.
Eventually the one on the left flew off and down the river. I headed on up the river and ran into this lady kayaker. I informed her there was an eagle eating a bird on the stump in front of her so she paddled over to have a look as I watched from here.
Video of the eagles
Here’s a short clip of the two eagles I was watching.
Up pop the otters
After a good break there, I crossed over the river to the north side to see what birds might be on that shoreline.
Lots of cormorants coming soon
There’s just a few cormorants here now, but after they start releasing the smelt from the hatcheries, there’ll be more than a thousand of them feeding on the fat tasty dumb hatchery fish shortly after the first of February. We’ve been dumping these dumb hatchery fish out for them for years now, so they are well trained to feed on them.
Harbor seals are hunting
I paddled past Paddy’s rock and down along the shoreline when I heard a big splash behind me. I turned to look and saw this big wake. Harbor seals were hunting for the big spawning fish, likely steelhead this time of year. I didn’t see them catch anything while I watched.
Close to a kingfisher
Deer on the island
Too wavy down that way
From the end of the island I looked on down to the open river’s mouth to see if I wanted to go down that way. I could see the ocean waves were ripping into the river through the mouth, so I decided not to go down that way as the waves make too much motion to deal with, with my motion sickness problem.
After awhile , I turned and headed back up the river to the boat ramp where I took my boat out of the water and went on home for the day. A nap was all I had in me, so that’s what I did.