Monday April 7, 2014 Jenner CA.
I was determined to find that rat nest
I decided that rat nest must be somewhere along the rivers edge and I was going to find it or else today.
It was going on low tide as I put my boat in the water today with light wind and some sun shine too.
I was going to go all the way up to the highway one bridge checking for the rat nest carefully. I crossed over the river to the south side and leisurely worked my way up the river trying to concentrate on looking for that rat nest that disappeared. I was distracted several times and had to go back and retrace a bit.
A weird nose
I heard that weird noise again just as I passed by eagle’s landing. It’s sorta a cry type sound. I heard it yesterday above Monte Rio too along with an otter grunting. Today, as I passed by some trees along the shoreline, I heard the noise, but not the otter noises this time that I’d heard with it before.
I checked what a Musk Rat sounded like on the internet the other day and it’s at least similar. Today’s sound may have been a warning call?
I’m thinking the crying type sound I’ve heard before may be an otter hassling a musk rat, the musk rat making the crying type sound. I can see movement back under the over hanging trees, but I can’t make out what it is and it stays in the cover of the trees. Just a little riddle to be solved, maybe?
Distracted by the deer
Up past buzzard rock I ran into these two deer feeding along the shore line. I was still looking for that lost rat nest. At the time, I didn’t’ realize these two deer distracted me from finding it. At least one of them is a small buck, and maybe both of them. Their horns are just starting to grow.
I paddled almost up to the highway one bridge without seeing that rat nest, but I wasn’t giving up yet.
I found that darn rat nest
After a good break I turned and headed back down the river, looking hard for that rat nest.
Right about where those two deer distracted me, I finally had success.
So, now that I’ve found it again I’m still not sure what it is, but it is some kind of rat nest, that I’m fairly sure of. I still sorta suspect a muskrat has moved into the area. I’ll just keep my eyes open and maybe time will tell me? And maybe not, as most rats are out more at night, but I have occasionally seen a musk rat up river out in the day time, but not often and not for a long time.
I saw some some black dots across the river on the shoreline over by Paddy’s rock so I crossed over to check it out. Turned out to be the wild turkeys.
From there I headed on down the back channel of Penny Island and headed for the river’s mouth area.
An eagle flew in
I worked my way over to the take out ramp and went on home around three PM.
And finished the day with some yard work
I had intentions of getting some yard work done today, so I jumped right into it.
I moved some more leaves, or mulch to the blueberry patch, about four loads
Then I felt real energetic and started digging a ditch to put some water lines in for water to the yard. That’s only the start, I have about a hundred and twenty feet or so of ditch to dig, but no rush. It’s fairly easy digging, but there are a lot of tree roots that get in the way and have to be cut.
I worked on that until I was about warn out and decided I better quit before things hurt too much. Of course I should of quit way before that. :O)
I saw a lot of things today and got some work done too. Cool.