Evening Paddle At Monte Rio and Boarded By a Duck

Monday May 17, 2021 Monte Rio CA.

More chicks hatched out

With new chicks I had to check on them throughout the day to make sure they were all ok and not stuck somewhere they shouldn’t be. I put more feed out for the little guys to get them started eating.hen1

 

Between caring for the chickens I did some more work on the old well removing sediment and a bit of chair hopping too.

Cherries

My cherries are starting to get ripe so I got the ladder out to make it easier to get to them. The wild birds are starting to work them over.ladder2

 

Evening paddle at Monte Rio

Late in the afternoon I was thinking of going somewhere for a paddle so around 5 I headed down to Monte Rio and put my boat in the water.

I paddled up under this bridge thinking I might head up river.bridge3

 

Up river looks real nice but I changed my mind and headed down river instead turning around here.beach4

 

I passed by this green heron and spooked it and it took off.heron5

 

The sun was going behind some of the hills but there still was some sun when I was in the right places.river6

 

Good sitting spot

I made it down to Villa Grande Hole and sat and watched for awhile.villa7

 

This mallard duck swim by with her new little ones.ducks8

 

Boarded by a duck

And this pair of mallard ducks swim up to me real close.ducks9

 

I was surprised when the female jumped up on my boat to see what was going on like she owned the place.duck10

 

She had a look around and then jumped back in the water.

The male mallard duck as they swam off.duck11

 

Headed back up river to Monte Rio

After about an hour sitting there I started back up the river stopping in this spot for a bit almost back to Monte Rio. The sun is about to go down in the west.rio13

 

I’d seen this bird fly into the trees up ahead so I paddled on over there and it turned out to be a great blue heron doing some scratching.heron13

 

It looks like an old  male and it didn’t fly off as I passed on by.heron14

 

Back on the boat ramp I put my boat on the car and went on home.

Chick check

First thing I did was check on the new chicks which seemed to be doing ok as they were all in their nest boxes. I did note one of the nest boxes was empty as the hen and the little ones had moved in with one of the other nesting birds. I looked and hey seemed to doing doing ok together.

Nice day.

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