Friday October 9, 2015 Jenner CA.
I topped off my radiator coolant before I left for Jenner this morning to make sure I had enough in there for what was going to leak out while on the road. It’s a small leak so I should be ok, or the car should be anyway.
The sun was out and the wind was down as I arrived at the boat ramp today and there were very few others on the water.
I passed by this great blue heron doing some fishing by the shoreline. There are a lot of little tiny fish in the water right now, about two inches long. I don’t know what kind they are, but the heron was doing well feeding on them.
What do the vultures have over there
It seems they had found a dead salmon, likely from a seal or sea lion kill that got away. Note the vulture on the right has a blackish head which I think is the young bird from the nest this summer. It stayed as I approached when most of the other birds left and for that it got some of the fish while most of the other birds had to wait their turn.
While I was watching the vultures, these two showed up just a little off shore and checked out the vultures eating the fish. The seagull went over and joined the birds and I was watching to see if the seal would go to shore and take the fish from the vultures, but it didn’t do that.
Added: Pete in Comments identified this fish as a King/Chinook Salmon in the above picture. Pete fishes the river around the Guerneville Area.Thanks Pete
Open river’s mouth
I let the vultures get back to eating their fish and headed down river towards the river’s open mouth area.
Here’s the coots eating some of the green weeds. They come here during the fall to feed on these weeds which are usually dried up and brown by now which they dive down to eat. But this year most of the weeds are still green and they still seem to like to eat them. The open mouth is in the background where I’m headed.
I was getting tired out, being by the ocean and all, so I headed on in for the day.
I went on home for a nap and then Steve came by with some gaskets to fix my car’s coolant leak which I will eventually fix. We shot the bull for a bit and that was about it for the day.