Sunday November 8, 2015 Monte Rio, CA.
The plan today was to hook up the main water pipe at the creek crossing I’ve been working on,………….But.
It rained in the early morning and might rain again, so gluing pipes together and sliding in the mud was out.
Off to Monte Rio
The rain was pretty much stopped by the time I got it going, but it might shower. I decided to go down to the river and do some kayaking. What with the weather guys saying it was going to rain, there likely wouldn’t be many people on the river. People that listen too close to the weather reports stay close to the comforts of home. Of course with the river so close, if I call it wrong, it’s not far to a warm shower, so off I went to Monte Rio.
The breeze was picking up a bit and I’d had it too good, mostly flat water, so I turned back up river at this spot, back to the Villa Grande Hole. There wasn’t much going on in that spot, so I didn’t stay too long.
Just above there, I saw a big ten foot board laying in the water by the shore, so I went over to check it out.
There were two crawdad claws laying on the board and the board was a bit wet. I think an otter was here not long ago and ate a crawdad. I’ve watched as the otters eat crawdads and crab. They usually discard the claws as they seem to be hard to deal with. I think it’s easier for them to go get another one, than to deal with the claws. Some birds also rip off the claws before swallowing them.
Just up the river from there, I could see three little pied bill grebe diving in the weeds.
I was almost back to the boat ramp when some movement caught my eye over in the trees. I could see it was a green heron, so I moved a bit closer to check it out. Shortly it hopped up into the bushes and went out of sight.
I went on home and took it easy for the rest of the day starting off with a nap on the couch after I got a fire going in the wood stove and that was my day.