Monday March 2, 2015 Jenner CA.
There was a light wind and the sun was out as I drove into Jenner this morning. I put my boat in the water and headed across to Penny Island. As I a sat around looking things over I decided to go on up the river towards muskrat nest beach, so I headed that way.
Harbor seals are fishing
I heard a big splash across the river and looked up to see this wave that a harbor seal was making as it hunted along the shoreline, likely after fish as the big fish like to lay in the shallows to keep away from the hunting seals.
I made it up to the Muskrat Nest area and sat for a good long time, just watching and enjoying the river as the wind picked up a little.
The wind has picked up a bit more by now as I was crossing over the river to Otter’s log when I noticed a very large group of cormorants landing by Otter’s log and fishing. They just kept coming as I watched. I was bouncing up and down on the waves and couldn’t get my camera out and even it I did, I couldn’t focus on anything as I was just too busy paddling. I could see some trout looking type fish jumping out of the water trying to stay out of the cormorants sharp beaks.
Eventually, I got through the bigger waves and got my camera out and took this photo.
Great blue heron strikes
I headed back up the river as they kept fishing heading up the river. I was hoping they might turn and come back down in front of me, but they didn’t. But I did get to watch them before they went out of sight.
Some of the Cormorants
I sat just across the river from Paddy’s rock and watched as a lot of the cormorants landed there to rest up, likely full and needed to digest their dinner. This is just some of the cormorants that I was watching fish just a bit earlier. More of them landed as I watched.
I believe the cormorants come to the estuary at this time of year to feed on the hatchery fish that were released recently in large numbers. In recent years I’ve seen them fishing here in large numbers until nesting time a month of so from now.
Scrub jay bathes
I continued my paddle on down the river and was thinking of going down to the river’s open mouth, but when I went by the boat ramp, I headed on in for the day and went on home.
When I got home, I went out and dug up some potatoes for dinner tonight and then hit the couch for a much needed nap.
That’s it for another nice day.