Sunday March 16, 2014 Monte Rio CA.
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An Osprey was the first thing I saw today while kayaking
I put my boat in at Monte Rio today and headed down stream. I was going to go down to the Duncan’s Mills bridge and back.
I continued on down the river, past Casini’s and on down almost to the Duncan’s Mills Bridge before I turned around and headed back up the river. I didn’t see any sea lions or seals hunting fish in the Casini area today. I took my time and cruised slowly along the shoreline heading back up the river.
As I rounded the corner of Rein’s beach, I heard what I thought was a dove calling. coo, coo. It reminded me of how they do this call all the time down in Quartzsite AZ. when they are nesting.
I looked around for them and found out the call was being made by some wild band tailed pigeons. Seems they were helping themselves to some bird feed someone along the river had put out. Going from this tree down to the deck to feed and back to the tree to keep watch.
I continued on up the river at a leisurely pace, going past the Villa Grande area and on up below Monte Rio.
There were a pair of wood ducks on the edge just as I approached the Monte Rio area. They started to fly off, but changed their mind and stayed at the last moment. They headed for the brush as wood ducks do, to hide.
Just as I was approaching the boat ramp this big ol male mallard came by to say hi. The mallard ducks are fairly friendly at the boat ramp. The locals have been feeding them for a number of years, so they are fairly use to people. Because of this a number of the other wild ducks in the area are fairly friendly too.
I pulled my boat out of the water and went on home. I worked a bit in the yard picking up brush, taking it easy on my sore foot. Of course that meant I didn’t work very hard, but one can only do what one can do.
Nice day on the river.