Sunday November 2, 2014 Jenner CA.
I decided to go down to Jenner today and watch the coots to see what predators might be dining on them.
The wind was down when I got there and came up a little when I launched my boat, but soon died down as I paddled across to Penny Island’s east end.
I spied several flocks of coots as I sat there watching. Seems there were more coots here today than yesterday.
I headed across the river to the south side and continued on up the river at my usual slow pace.
I could see lots of coots up river ahead of me as well as some other birds too. I crossed the river to the north shoreline and continued on up.
There were lots of coots in several flocks near Paddy’s rock. This is a big flock of them being spooked by something? I think there must of been over five hundred coots in this area today.
I sat in my boat watching all the coot flocks doing their thing.
While watching the coots, I spied some turkey vultures across the river from me, near Paddy’s rock, which is also where I saw the coyote the other day.
Is that the coyote?
As long as I’d come back over to this side of the river, I decided to go down the shoreline and look for the coyote and any other birds near the shore on the way.\
I just couldn’t be sure, so I approached it a bit and noticed it was the coyote, so I backed my boat off away from it out into the river, so as to spook it.
These grebes were swimming and fishing around in that spot. There are two types of grebe in this picture. The smaller type on the left and the larger type on the right. Both come into this area about this time of year and stay most of the winter.There seems to be more of them this year.
I saw the coyote get up and move off down the river, so headed down hoping to pick it up somewhere along the way.
I followed in it’s direction, but didn’t see it again.
From there, I headed back over the river to the south shoreline and continued paddling down the river.
I passed on by them and went into the little channel on the east end of Penny Island sat for a spell watching more coots feeding by diving under the water to get vegetation.
The coots started to go down along the island, but something I couldn’t see spooked them and they all flew back by me.
I went on down to see what might have spooked them as I knew there’d been a bobcat on the island a couple days ago, but I didn’t see anything.
Headed down to the closed mouth
I was thinking of going in for the day, but decided to paddle on down to the closed river’s mouth area, which I did.
There were a lot of birds in the water and on the beach. Mostly seagulls, with some cormorants and some brown pelicans.
I paddled down to the end of the river and sat around for a bit, then headed on in for the day.
The wind started to come up in the morning, but stayed down for the rest of the day for a real nice day paddling around the Russian River Estuary.
I went on home and just had enough energy to hit the couch for a nap and that was it for my day.