Thursday April 30, 2015 Jenner CA.
Paddled down to the river’s mouth area
It was sunny and clear with a low wind as I drove into Jenner this morning and put my boat in the water. I paddled across the river to Penny Island and decided to head down to the river’s mouth to see what was going on in that area.
I stopped here for a bit on the islands edge looking down towards the ocean. The little white cloud is the ocean breaking a wave over the jetty down where I’m headed. I could hear the ocean as it pounded the sandy beach down that way with big waves as I paddled along.
The river’s mouth is almost closed
This was my view as I approached the jetty. Big ocean waves breaking over the barely open river’s mouth.
The river’s mouth is just barely going out right at the end of the jetty. It’s high tide right now, so I’m not sure the river will flow into the ocean at low tide and with the pounding waves it may close up the river even more, but only time will tell.
Harbor seal pups
There were quite a few harbor seal pups resting on the beach with their moms. Here’s two pups with their moms. The pups didn’t seem to be crying as much today, so it was much more peaceful in the area. Their consistent crying can make the place rather nervy at times.
Headed up the river
I headed up the river after awhile and was just below Paddy’s rock when I noticed this young steer pushing it’s head into the green vegetation here and then doing some kind of frolicking and dancing. The weed must have been like a cat nip? The animal was sure having fun with it.
The low wind was down to a breeze by now, so I decided to put ashore at Muskrat Nest beach to walk up to Buzzard rock to check on a suspected turkey vulture nest there, which I wanted to confirm.
Buzzard rock and a vulture’s nest
Low flying vulture
As I neared the top of the rock there was a turkey vulture flying around just over head that would come and go and I was wondering if it was the bird with the nest?
I watched as a raven flew by then turned and came back and the turkey vulture flew after it and the raven flew off without a fight. The vulture disappeared after awhile.
I decided to go down where I thought the nest was and see what would happen? When I got down near where I think the nest is, I looked up to see this turkey vulture right above me with it’s wings up like that. Maybe a warning?
When I stepped within about six feet of where I think the nest is, it roughened it’s feathers and hissed, so I backed up and decided not to press the bird. Here is the bird with it’s roughed up feathers.
I headed back to the rock’s top where the bird was and it was gone when I got there, likely back on it’s nest.
I wouldn’t want to mess with one of these birds. They are made to tear into flesh and I see they have big claws too. I also hear they can regurgitate smelly stuff on ya, so I think these birds can take care of themselves.
I saw what I wanted to see and will keep an eye on this nest and likely not get too close as not to stress the bird.
From there I headed back to my boat and paddled down along the river’s edge back to the boat ramp and went on home for the day and that was my day for another good one.