Thursday July 31, 2014 Jenner CA.
I arrived at Jenner this morning to an overcast day, with just a breeze in the air. I put my boat in the water and headed on up to the east end of Penny Island. It was nice out.
What’s that seagull up too?
I was taking my time putzing along, when I passed the east end of the island and saw a couple seagulls in the water. One of them was sticking it’s head under the water and eating something and being very protective not to let the other seagull near where it was working.
When I approached the feeding seagull, it stopped what it was doing and swam off a ways, while still making sure the other seagull didn’t get too close to it’s spot.
I thought there must be a big school of the little fish for it to be catching and eating so many of them.
I approached it’s spot and it moved back a bit. I could now see what it was eating. It appeared that some small fish had, had a die off and the seagull had found the spot where they piled up.
Most of the time I see a die off of some kind down here, it’s usually related to the changing water from the oceans tides. Some fish are fresh water only and some fish are ocean water only and some fish can do both. When the tide changes, fresh water can be replaced with ocean salt water or the other way around. If a fish or a crab, get caught in the wrong water and can’t make it back to the right kind, they die and something will eat them.
I left the seagull eating and protecting it’s find and continued on up the river on the south side.
Great Blue Heron
I continued paddling on up to the Indian rock trail and rested there for a bit, before starting back down the river.
Checked out the north shoreline
I decided to paddle over to the north shore just below Paddy’s rock to see what birds might be resting on the shore there?
An osprey lands, twice
There where about twenty white pelicans resting not far from where the osprey landed on the west end of Penny Island.
Sat around the river’s mouth area
I headed on down to the river’s mouth where I sat around for awhile just inside the mouth.
There were the usual harbor seals on land and swimming around in the water and a large flock of cormorants resting too, on the beach.
It was going to high tide, so the water was coming into the river fairly fast. Eventually, I let it take my boat back up the river.
I worked my way slowly over to the take out ramp and went on home for the day.
I had a good long nap when I got home, and then went outside and puttered in the yard for awhile, not really doing much, but just enjoying the evening.
Another nice day paddling around in the Russian River estuary.