Enjoying Paddling Around in the Russian River Estuary

Thursday July 17, 2014 Jenner CA.

It was sure nice at Jenner today

I saw Ray’s boat across the river as I approached Jenner this morning. It looked like it was going to be a real nice day. The sun was out and the wind was down and not too many people with boats in the water.

I put my boat in the water and paddled over to join Ray. We sat by the island for a bit before paddling up the river towards eagle’s landing.

There seems to be more white pelicans in the area now. The flock across the river, below Paddy’s rock was about seventy five birds today. As we watched they all flew in the air when a canoe came down the river on their side.

White pelicans flying as we sat and watched from this spot.upview

 

We continued on up the river to eagle’s landing. Just at this spot, we saw an osprey  go around the rock and fly into the trees just out of sight, to the right, so we paddled over to investigate.upriver

 

An osprey had landed on the top of a dead tree. For some reason it didn’t appear as it was going to fly off and stayed as we pulled up almost under it as it watched us.osprey4

 

As I was taking pictures of the osprey, Ray says, snake. I turned around and there sure was a snake on the shore right by Ray’s boat. It had just crawled out of the water. These snakes catch little fish to eat, but this one didn’t have any. It was only about twenty inches long or so.snake

 

That osprey stayed there until we moved off up the river not too concerned about our presence.osprey

 

We decided to head on up the river a little ways further to rat nest beach. We did go on up a ways further, but turned around before we got to rat nest beach as Ray wanted to go down to the river’s mouth area for the high tide coming in, so we turned around and headed back down the river taking our time.

We passed by this family of merganser ducks, which scooted out of our way.mergansers

 

Near the swamp rock trail we spied some flocks of buddy birds flying around, also known as sand pipers.

The flock landed right near me on shore and more flocks added to them as Ray and I watched. I said to Ray, see, they come real close, that’s why I call them buddy birds.pipers

 

They were feeding on something, but I couldn’t see what they were eating.buddybirds

 

We watched them for awhile then started on down the island back channel were we ran into this great blue heron which we followed all the way down as it would fly a little ways in front of us and stop to fish and do it again as we caught up to it, until we left it at the end of the channel.heron

 

River’s mouth is wide open deep

The high tide was coming in real good when we made it to the river’s mouth. We sat around the area for quite awhile enjoying the view. rivermouth

 

The water looks rough only because high tide was ripping into the river’s mouth right now.

There were seals and birds on the sandy beach as usual, with a lot of seals in the water swimming around us.

Here are some of the birds we saw. Seagulls, cormorants and brown pelicans.birds

 

We headed on back to the take out around three thirty, taking our time getting there, the day was so nice out.

When I got home, I was tired out for some reason so mostly just rested up for the rest of the day enjoying my couch and my yard.

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