Monday April 14, 2014 Jenner CA.
I was in the water about 11AM this morning. As I was crossing the river, Steve showed up with his boat so I waited for him to put in and we headed on up the river at a leisurely pace.
Just as I was leaving the launch ramp I noticed something going on, on the shore by the ramp. Some swallows were getting some mud to build their nests, which they were doing under the visitor center eves.
We took our time and worked our way up to this spot just below the highway one bridge. The wood in the water is scrap lumber from a real old saw mill, I think. There is a huge pile of them at this point in the river.
After resting on the island for a bit we continued on down the back channel of the island heading down towards the river’s mouth.
The river’s mouth is starting to close up
Harbor seal pupping time
I was told by a biologist that the harbor seals have a pup, keep it for about thirty days and wean it. Short time. The pups are on their own after that.
I watched as one was born last year. I saw a seal on the beach, but wasn’t paying attention until I saw three turkey vultures land right by it. Then I noticed a little seal there. It took about a half hour for the momma to pass it’s afterbirth, which the vultures were waiting for. Just as soon as it passed that, it took the newly born seal to the waters edge, where it waited for about five minutes for the new born to get used to the water, then they swam away.
Terns in the area
I went on home with intentions on doing some yard work, but the couch won out.
Another nice spring day.