Monday April 21, 2014 Jenner CA.
Checked out the Musk Rat nest too
Turkey Vultures Social
Over by Paddy’s rock, I noticed a bunch of turkey vultures landing. I didn’t see them eating anything so I watched them for a bit. They seemed to be having some kind of social get together. Several birds sparred with other birds quickly, but nothing too drastic. There seemed to be some kind of picking order thing going on. Turkey vultures seem to have quite some kind of social thing going on. If you watch them long enough, you’ll see that they are well organized in some way and have more going on with them than meets the eye. And even though we think we are on the top of the food chain,……………… they are.
It was a nice day, a little bit of wind, but then it would settle down to a breeze for a bit and be real nice out. The wind went up and down that way all day, mostly nice.
The Rat nest
I moved on down to Rat Nest Beach as I wanted to check out the rat nest up close. I got out of my boat and went ashore to have a look. I wanted to see how big it’s entrance hole was to determine if it was a Pack Rat or a Musk Rat? The entrance is that hole to the right of center.
I think the entrance hole is larger than a Pack Rat would make, so I think this is a Musk Rat nest. The other evening, I saw several small critters in the water in front of this nest, but was too far away to make them out. They dived under the water and were gone. Too small for otters.
River’s mouth area
I paddled on down to the river’s mouth area taking my time. The mouth was open, but just barely. It was open shallow, which means the estuary water level is hold high and doesn’t follow the tides much when it’s like this.
Turkey Vultures dine
On down past the mouth at the end of the river were some more Turkey Vultures. They were working on a dead seal, just getting started. Top of the food chain, they don’t even have to buy their food. :O)
Took my boat out of the water and went on home for the day for a little nap.
Nice day kayaking Jenner.