Tuesday January 20, 2015 Jenner CA.
I again waited around for a phone call about my next doctors appointment before heading out to Jenner to kayak for the day. No appointment yet.
It was foggy around my house this morning and all the way driving down to Jenner this morning. But Jenner was not in the fog. The sun was out and the wind was down as I put my boat in the water.
King tide day
I paddled across the river to Penny Island to decide which way to go today. Today was a King tide day which means it was one of our higher tides, 6.7 feet and the minus tide was –1.4 feet which is a good spread for this area. It was just coming off the high tide so I decided to go down to the river’s mouth again today and check it out.
The ocean sounded and looked fairly rough as I paddled down and along Penny island’s north side. This was my view as I paddled along looking down towards the ocean.
The fog bank is evident way out there in the ocean as I was nearing the lower end of the island.
I cleared the end of the island where there were a bunch of harbor seals taking it easy in the water.
Here’s one of the harbor seals as it checked me out.
And I passed by this little flock of bufflehead ducks that were diving for something to eat, whatever they eat?
I was headed down to the river’s mouth by the big rocks. There were harbor seals and seagulls resting on the shore down that way.
I passed by some more ducks, a couple of goldeneyes and a couple of mergansers as I neared the mouth area.
River’s mouth is open
I pulled into this spot just inside the mouth and watched for a bit. The sea lions were working the area, but they were too fast to get any good photos of them. The wood logs are floating around because the higher tide was high enough to float them off the shoreline.
As you can see the river’s mouth is open looking out into the ocean.
There were some pretty big waves breaking just outside the mouth as I watched.
Not too much going on that looked exciting today. I watched for about an hour, then headed back up the river. I took the back channel up along Penny Island, taking my time.
When I got to the upper end of the island, I started to turn into the little channel, but saw these four deer, so stopped to watch for a bit. They were feeding on the grass.
I decided not to go through the channel and started around the end of the island when I heard a big swish and looked up to see one of the bald headed eagles take off from one of the trees just behind the deer.
I watched as the eagle flew on up the river and out of sight.
I was thinking of going up the river for a ways, but decided to quit early again today and go home and sit by the phone instead, so I headed on in for the day.
I sat by the phone and had a nap too, but the phone didn’t ring. It sure seems like there must be a better way to do these appointments than the way they are done. This way is pushing up my stress level, just waiting. Playing tag with phones is one of the reasons I dislike the things. But I have to do what I have to do, so I’m doing it. :O)
I love your blog. The words and pictures are always a perfect story. Every post is a present. Thank you, Bob!
Thanks for the kind words. It’s really the river that writes the blog. It’s something different each and every day. I just translate it. :O)
In this picture “I passed by some more ducks, a couple of buffleheads and a couple of mergansers as I neared the mouth area.” ..the ducks on the left are male Common Goldeneyes. They, like the mergansers and Buffleheads are divers. The mergansers feed mostly in the water column on fish; the Bufflehead and Goldeneye rummage around on the bottom eating crustaceans, insects, mollucks; and sometimes plants and fish eggs for the Bufflehead. Nice pics on a cool tide and beautiful day. The river is so beautiful.
Hi Phil, I corrected that. Most of the ducks around here are new to me and as you know, they come in male and female, breeding and non breeding, young and adult and some in between plumage it seems, so I’m having a hard time of it, but I’m slowly getting it. Every year since I’ve been coming down to Jenner, the birdlife has been increasing, especially this last year. And thanks for the info on the ducks behavior, very helpful.
The secure message on line works really well with VA. Just make sure you tell them you prefer to communicate on line this way because it is more reliable then your phone. I think they are quick to respond because they know there is now a written record of your request.