Tuesday November 17, 2015 Jenner CA.
Winds are up
I could see the wind was up a bit as I drove into Jenner this morning, maybe ten or fifteen miles an hour. Not too bad, but a a bit on the cool side.
I put my boat in the water and paddled across the river to Penny Island and into the little channel on the east end, which is mostly out of the wind. I paddled in under the trees and just sat around and watched.
I could see that it was going to be a windy day, so I decided to go up the river just a little ways.There weren’t too many birds and critters out today, they don’t seem to like the wind either.
I paddled on over to the south shoreline and made my way up to the eagle’s landing area about a quarter mile ahead. With the waves in the water from the wind it wasn’t going to be a good day to get any pictures.
Coots and the eagles
When I got to Eagle’s landing, the wind was blowing too much to stop three, so I crossed over the river to Paddy’s rock and started down the north shoreline looking for birds. Mostly all I saw were these mud hens, which you can just barely see in this picture. However, just up ahead above the grass on the right, I saw a bird diving repeatedly.
I watched as two eagles flew across the river and landed on a limb on a big redwood log. I couldn’t tell what they were doing, but one of the birds was pestering the other bird. By the time I was able to cross the river and paddle over near where the eagle’s were, one of them flew off and headed down towards the ocean.
The other eagle was still sitting on the log and appeared to be eating a coot, so that must have been what I saw it diving on. Coots provide meals for a number of the critters when they are in the estuary.
I tried to get a decent picture, but with the wind blowing the water around, it wasn’t easy. Shortly after this photo, the eagle took it’s coot and flew up the river with it.
I hung around the channel for a bit before I decided it was too windy and cool so I’d call it a day.
Visitor center repairs
I paddled on in to the boat ramp and put my boat on the car and went on home for the day.
Digging and cutting
At home I decided to dig out a small plum tree that was pushing my water pipe up out of the ground, by my old well. I had to cut the tree into small pieces to get the pipe out of it where it had been growing around it and pushing it up and out of the ground. I was being careful as to not break the pipe or I’d have some more urgent stuff to repair. I was careful and didn’t break anything. After much digging and cutting, I had the small stump out and then just covered the hole I just dug back up.
That was my day.