Monday March 9, 2015 Jenner CA.
River’s mouth is open
It was foggy today as I drove into Jenner. I continued on to the river’s mouth overlook on the highway.
I drove back to the boat ramp and put my boat in the water and headed across to the island and on up the river. The fog was waffling, in and out. There was a low wind that was blowing off the ocean, a bit on the cold side.
Was that a turkey gobble?
As I was paddling along, I thought I heard a turkey gobble, so I stopped to listen. Sure enough, there was a gobble across the river from me. But I couldn’t tell if the turkey was down in the field or up on the ridge?
I paddled across the river and listened by the shore here. I finally detected the wild turkey up on the ridge in front of me. I saw a black dot on the hill but wasn’t sure if it was a rock or a turkey. Finally, the rock moved so I knew it must be the turkey.
A hunting sea lion
I paddled across the river to where the sea lion was and notice some turkey vultures up on the side of buzzard rock. I was going to get a picture of them, when I notice the wild turkey just appeared back across the river from me, so I headed back across the river where the turkey was just coming down to the river’s shore. It walked right by these turkey vultures devouring a dead calf.
I paddled along with the turkey as it walked along the shoreline, then it stopped. Next it jumped into the air and flew across the river. This is what I saw as he flew across the river and landed on the other side.
Can you spot the turkey?
I paddled across the river again as it looked like the turkey had landed in a real lush spot, and might make some good pics?
He was looking around figuring out which way to go as he had landed in a real steep rocky place that wasn’t easy to maneuver in. It finally decided on which way to go and walked off and was gone, except for the occasional gobble that could be heard.
Turkey vulture on Buzzard Rock
Now that I was back across the river where I’d seen the turkey vultures up on the side of buzzard rock, I had another look. Sure enough, there was a turkey vulture up on the rock, laying down like the one I saw yesterday. See it laying there in the center of the picture. I don’t think it is nesting there as it’s rather out in the open.
I was a bit chilled as I paddled back down the river and was thinking of going in for the day. But as I got down around the Penny Island area, the sun came out a bit and it was warmer.
The chill had gotten into my bones, so I headed on in for the day and went on home.
Raking leaves and enjoying the day
At home, the sun was out so I puttered in the yard raking up leaves that had fallen off the big trees last winter. I sat around a lot in my chairs enjoying the yard as the sun went down and that was my day.