Thursday July 16, 2015 Jenner CA.
I could see the wind was down as I drove into Jenner this morning. I put my boat in the water and decided to head down to the river’s mouth area as I haven’t been down that way in awhile.
Little pipers feeding
I see lots of pipers feeding along the shoreline. Several hundred easily. They seem to be feeding on some little one eighth inch snails that have died and are dead on the shoreline. I saw a bunch of the little snails on the boat ramp as I put my boat in the water. Hard to say what killed the snails. It might just be they got caught in the wrong kind of water during a tide change. They might be salt water types and got caught in fresh water or maybe the other way around? At any rate, there were thousands of the little dead snails along the shoreline.
Open river’s mouth
The river’s mouth was wide open and it was just going to high tide as I arrived.
Here’s a closer view of some of the resting harbor seals in front of the end of the jetty. Note the crack separating the cement blocks. It’s starting to open and that block might just disappear next winter. Most of it already has disappeared over the last couple of years.
I sat around the mouth area for about an hour and headed back to Penny Island where I saw Steve coming in his kayak, so I joined him. We headed on up the river passing this fishing egret. It just caught a small fish. Fishing was good as it caught one right after the other as we watched.
Young turkey vulture
It seems young turkey vultures have blackish heads when they are young which I didn’t know, with feathers too. I thought the black headed one’s were another type until now. The adults have reddish heads and almost no feathers on the head and neck.
We worked our way back down to the boat ramp. I was tired out so went on in for the day, while Steve continued on down to the river’s mouth area.
I put my boat on the car and headed on home where a surprise was waiting.
A pie from Dominic’s Sweets
At my doorstep was a box with my name on it. I opened the box and there was this wild blackberry pie inside. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I took it in the house and had a bite. Scrumsous. It was perfect. Tasty berries, great crust. Needless to say, I had lots of bites before I could stop. I finally had to hide it in the oven to keep from eating it all.
My brother Tom has a lady friend that bakes and sells baked goods at the Guerneville Farmer’s Market called Dominic’s Sweets. They had picked the blackberries in my yard a while back and this was my reward.
Tom and Dominic came by on his golf cart just about dark and demanded a piece of pie. I had no choice but to give a piece up. :O)