Tuesday September 8, 2015 Jenner CA.
The sun was out and the wind was down as I put my boat in the water at Jenner this morning. I knew the tide was still high so I headed on down to the river’s mouth area to see what was going on.
Perched river’s mouth
The big waves have been piling up sand from the ocean and brought sand into the mouth closing it up except for the high tides. In other words, the high tides can bring ocean water into the river, but when the ocean tide goes low, it has no effect as the sand makes a dam.
When these big waves come in they sometimes pick up huge amounts of sand and bring it into the river’s mouth. This sand eventually gets high enough to make a dam and can close the river’s mouth. It’s hard to see, but that big splash has a lot of brown in it, full of sand.
This sand dam also slows the hide tide as it comes in and that is likely why I didn’t see much phyto plankton last night while I was out looking for the lumens.
After awhile, I started heading up the river just taking my time, stopping here and there until I made it up to Muskrat Nest
Beach were I sat for awhile before turning back down the river.
As I was paddling along two osprey flew over my head and landed in the trees somewhere just up ahead. I paddled along watching for them.
I could hear a lot of screeching across the river that could only be the sound of terns. They sometimes make a lot of noise. Here’s some of them as I saw them across the river from me. I’m not sure what they were screeching about, maybe me?
From there I headed on in for the day.
Fife Creek Work
I stopped at Ray’s house which is on the way home and just down the road from my house. I knew they were starting to do some creek work by his house so I wanted to see what was going on.
It turns out it was the Sonoma County Water Agency guys doing the work. The same guys that take the river’s mouth out when it needs it, so I talked with them a bit about what they were doing and then I visited with Ray for a bit.
They are trying to improve the creeks flow so it doesn’t flood the houses along the creek so bad and at the same time they are trying to improve the fish habitat too, lowering the creek bed so there is water for the fish.
I went on home from there and that was about it of another nice day.