Sunday April 9, 2017 Jenner CA.
Paddling and hiking
The wind was predicted to be around nine miles an hour down at Jenner today, so I drove on down for a paddle. Being Sunday there were quite a few people at Jenner. I slipped through the people and got my boat in the water and somehow even found a parking spot in the parking lot.
I paddled across the river and headed on up. As I approached the shoreline across the river I saw a little hawk land in the grass, so I paddled a bit closer to see what it was eating, but at that moment a turkey vulture flew over it’s head, so it took off as if it didn’t want the vulture to see what it was eating.
Turkey Vulture nest at Buzzard Rock
Several years ago I discovered there was a turkey vulture nest just under that big rock so I wanted to land my boat and hike up to the rock to see if they were nesting in this nest this year. The rock isn’t very far off the river, but getting to it isn’t so easy through the dense brush which includes, poison oak, nettles and berry vines, including wild rose vines which have sharp thorns.
There are some overgrown animal trails up to the rock and if you know where to go, with some effort, one can hike up to the top of the rock and look down and that was what I wanted to do.
Views from the rock
Checking out the Turkey vulture nest
I looked over the edge of the rock to see if the turkey vulture nest was active, but it didn’t look like it was which didn’t surprise me as last year they lost one of the two chicks at this nest. The problem with this nest is it’s right above a place the river otters like to nap and overnight and I think an otter killed the chick last year. There’s another nest higher on the hill not far from this spot I’ll have to hike up to and check it out soon.
Stepping on the nettles
I hear the seal pups are popping
I headed on back down the river and thought about paddling down to the river’s mouth area. Some ladies I talked to at the ramp when I put in said the seal pups where showing up now, but I thought I’d keep that for another day so didn’t go down to the mouth but hit the ramp and went on home for the day.
Garden enclosure needs anchors on it’s sides
I sat around the yard for a bit and decided to install the anchor stakes to hold my garden enclosure from going sideways as I put dirt into it.
Moved more dirt too
The rest of the day, I sat around the yard taking it easy and enjoying the day.
And that was my day for a nice one.