Planting a Grow Pen and an Evening Paddle at Jenner On the Russian River

Saturday April 13, 2019 Jenner CA.

Planting a grow pen

Today I planted this grow pen I turned over a couple days ago and put a load of woodchips on top.growpen

 

Here’s the grow pen planted in milo and millet with a few sunflowers in there too around the edges.planted

 

I spent the rest of the day puttering around in the yard taking it easy.

Momma hen’s gaining eggs

I checked on the momma hen on the eggs. When she was off the nest I counted the eggs she was sitting on. Originally I had her on 9 eggs but now she  has 12. I’m not sure where she got the three extra eggs from. Either another hen laid some more eggs in there, but that would of taken three hens to get three eggs or she stole them from the laying nests. I did see a hen looking something like her steel an egg from the nesting box on my video cam. I was amazed to see she could get the whole egg in her beak, but the one I saw got the egg, but when it landed on the ground the egg broke and I couldn’t really tell who had that egg. The other hens ate what part of the egg was on the ground. It may be that I have an egg eater but I’m not sure at this point what’s going on. It might have been momma steeling for eggs for the nest.

Let nature do it’s thing

12 eggs is a lot for this little momma chicken to get under her but I decided to let nature take it’s course and see what happens.

Who’s who

I also decided I will have to put leg tags on some of the chickens to tell who’s doing what as it’s hard to tell some of the chickens apart. I think I can do that with tie wraps and a black marker to make different looking tie wraps.

Evening yak

Around 4 PM I headed out for Jenner to do an evening yak in the river.

I arrived about 5 and lots of people were taking their boats out of the water at the boat ramp. I put in and was the only one left on the water just the way I like it.

I headed up the river going by these cormorants resting after a hard days fishing.cormorants3

 

Followed this otter

I was paddling along when I saw a splash up ahead which turned out to be a river otter on the left there.riverott7

 

It was fishing and didn’t see me approach right away. It has a small fish it’s devouring.otter

 

I followed it up the river a few hundred feet watching it feed. It went to shore so I stopped and watched it for a bit.otter6

 

It didn’t seem to be bothered by me much.otts

 

I followed it a bit further then left it and continued on paddling on up the river.otter8

 

Ran out of sun

When I got up to here at Eagle’s Landing the sun was going behind the hills so I stopped here for a bit then turned and headed back down the river where I knew the sun was still shining.landig9

 

This male merganser duck moved out of my way as I paddled on by.ganser9

 

River’s mouth area

I was headed down to the river’s mouth where the river meets the ocean to watch the sunset.

There were lots of harbor seals and birds in the area.seals11

 

Looking out the open mouth into the Pacific ocean just before the sunset.ocean

 

I  hung around the mouth area for awhile checking things out then started my paddle back towards the boat ramp.

Eagle in the tree

Looking up in the trees I spotted this bald headed eagle sitting in the trees.eagle

 

It flew on up the river shortly after this shot.eagle14

 

Sunset

On the way in I stopped and turned around as the sun was sinking in the sky. That’s a harbor seal there. There were quite a few of them swimming around in the water as I toured the mouth area.sunset

 

I continued on to the boat ramp and took my boat out of the water and drove on home.

That was my day for a nice one.

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2 Responses to Planting a Grow Pen and an Evening Paddle at Jenner On the Russian River

  1. George Yates says:

    Another productive day , planting the garden, playing with the chickens and taking in the river to a nice sunset.

  2. DAVID EVANS says:

    You got some way swell pictures today Bob…
    Thanks.

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