Saturday September 20, 2014 Jenner CA.
It was a bit on the over cast side as I approached Jenner this morning, around noon. That doesn’t mean the weather was bad. No, very mild and the wind was down to barely a breeze. The river’s mouth is still closed so the estuary’s water level is bit high, which is just fine with me.
Hard times for the yellow jackets
I continued on up the river, past eagle’s landing where I remembered there were a couple yellow jacket nests up in the trees, so I started to look for them. I wanted to see if they’d been broken into yet, as that’s what usually happens to them in this spot from what I’ve seen in previous years.
I looked and I looked, they aren’t easy to spot, but I finally found one of them. Looking closely, you can see there is a big hole in the top of the nest. Seems like this kind of hole would be made by some kind of bird? I didn’t see any active yellow jackets, so the nest must of gotten wiped out.
I kept looking for the other one as I paddled up the river as the other nest was not far from the first one, but I didn’t see it, maybe I just missed it or it might be gone?
Looking for an old road
I walked up to the spot we stopped last time and looked and looked and finally found an easy way into those trees. Once I was under the trees, the going got easier as not much grows under the larger trees for lack of sunshine. I didn’t realize it before I started, but that old road appears to wind into the little canyon the big trees are in and on up it. I went a little ways further, but ran out of time, so left some more exploring for next time.
I came back out of the trees and tried to get up the hill to the ridge top through all the brush, but wasn’t successful finding a way through the brush, yet.
Harbor seals are hunting
Back to my boat and into the water, headed back down the river. I saw a big wake moving fast along the shoreline and watched as a harbor seal popped up for a bit, then continued hunting. This type of action usually means they are hunting for big fish, such as salmon or steelhead. Likely salmon right now, starting their trip up the river to spawn.
Kite type bird
I headed on down to the west end of Penny Island and saw this kite type hawk flying around over the island, so I turned to get a picture of it, thinking I likely would not be able to get one, as they fly around all over the place and it’s hard to get a good picture of one.
But this one seemed to be curious of me or something on the ground right in front of me, as it hovered right in front of me for several minutes as I tried to get a good picture of it’s kiting, which isn’t so easy as they are moving a lot to maintain the kiting and my kayak is moving all over the water at the same time.
Closed river’s mouth area
It flew off as I passed and I headed on into the boat launch area and was off the water and headed on home for the day.
Messed up traffic in Guerneville
I got jammed up in Guerneville as the jazz/blues festival was just letting out and traffic through the back streets was mostly at a standstill. I was patient and made it on through. Unfortunately, I didn’t know of any back street around the mess or I would of taken it.
That was it for another nice day kayaking on the Russian River.