River Paddle and Checking Buzzard Rock for a Vulture Nest

Wednesday May 12, 2021 Jenner CA.

Paddle day

I was off to kayak Jenner today around noon.

I put my boat in the water and headed up river about a mile going by these birds on the upper end of the island. They were resting and taking it easy.birds1

 

And so was this harbor seal I paddled on by as it watched me.seal2

 

Buzzard rock

I wanted to hike up to that big rock. There’s a vulture nest there below it that I’d like to see if it’s active or not.rock3

 

But before I hiked up there I sat in this spot on the river and watched things for a bit.river4

 

I could see the horses across the river on the hillside feeding away.horses5

 

Hike up the hill

I landed here in this green stuff and found the trail and started up it to the big rock. Even though the big rock isn’t far from the river it took me a couple hours to get to it as the trails are over grown and hard to find.shore6

 

I spotted this salmon berry and ate it. They are just so so and not a real tasty berry even though they look real good.berry7

 

Poison oak and nettles

This is the over grown trail I started up. Full of poison oak and nettles too. I carefully work my way around the needles.trail8

 

The trail goes up through these ferns which I plowed on through.trail9

 

Lost the trail

At one point I got to what looked like the end of the trail and couldn’t go any further and couldn’t find the trail until I finally back tracked about a hundred feet back down the trail and found it over grown and going under a big tree.

I’m almost to the big rock here but still have to work my way through the over grown trail, going down into a little ravine and back up to the rock.rock10

 

Big rock view

I finally made it to the big rock and this is the view down the river.view11

 

Vulture nest not in use

And this is the view up the river. I looked down where the vulture nest is but it wasn’t being used, likely because the wild turkeys  have been using this area this year.view12

 

I sat down on  the top of the big rock and enjoyed the day for awhile before heading back down through here. Yes that’s the trail.trail13

 

Back at the boat I sat down here and rested for awhile before starting back down the river.boat14

 

The biologist who collects data from some measuring devices went by  me and waved as I know her.boat15

 

Little ducks

I was almost to the boat ramp when I ran into this momma duck with all the little ones.ducks16

 

Back at the boat ramp I loaded up and went on home for the day for a nice rest.

Nice day.

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