Paddling Jenner, a Young Turkey Vulture and Some Van Work

Friday July 8, 2016 Jenner CA.

Waffling fog

The fog was waffling  around as I drove into Jenner this morning and put my boat in the water.

I paddled across to Penny Island and sat here for a bit taking it easy.jenner


It seemed like a good day to head on down to the river’s mouth area to see what was going on in that area, so I paddled down along  the edge of the island.

I stopped in this spot to see if I could paddle onto the island yet,but the water’s not high enough yet.island


I poked around the lower end of Penny Island just checking things out in the fog.stump


Eventually, I headed across the river to the closed mouth area.

I went by the closed river’s  mouth where these cormorants and harbor seals were resting in the sand.cormorants


I moved on down to the Haystack rock at the end of the river where I saw these geese and some ducks.chopper


The young turkey vulture

I hung around the mouth area for about and hour then headed back up the river. I was just about to enter this little channel on the upper end of Penny Island when I saw this big bird sitting there in the tree. I expected it to fly off as I entered.bigbird


But it didn’t fly off and it had a black head which means it’s a juvenal.vulture3


I paddled on under it and looked back. I think it is a young turkey vulture from last year’s nest. I visited the nest a few times and since, the bird and I seem to be some kind of buddies.turkey


At least I think this is the same bird, but no way to tell for sure, but the bird I know has gotten pretty close to me on several occasions in the past.

This momma mallard duck swam into the little channel with her little ones and went right by me.duckys


And this great blue heron flew in and landed as I was heading to the boat ramp.heron


The wind was up a little, but not too much as I crossed over the river to the boat ramp which looked like this looking down river towards the mouth.water


I took my boat out and went on home where I had a nap.

Getting ready to pull out the van engine

Eventually I went out and worked on the van a little. I’m removing all the stuff so I can remove the engine with the cherry picker lift you see here. The engine comes out the side doors of the van.cherrypicker


I removed the alternator and the distributor and some other stuff. I just have to unbolt the motor mounts and the clutch housing bolts and it will be ready to pull it out.

This is the stripped van engine almost ready to pull out.vanengine


I was done with that just before dark. I sat around and enjoyed the yard until it got cool.

That was my day.

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