Sunday January 3, 2016, Jenner CA.
Steelhead are running today
It was raining this morning as I got it going, so what to do. I’m not much on house keeping so the house needed a good vacuuming, so that’s what I did. Just after noon the rain mostly stopped for a bit, but it was still showering some.
Off to Jenner
I decided to go down to Guerneville and get some gas for the car and then go on to Jenner to at least go to the mouth overlook and have a look. Maybe it wouldn’t be raining and I’d go for a yak.
So I got all my kayaking stuff together and headed out.
River’s mouth overlook
It was showering lightly as I entered Jenner, so I drove on down to the overlook at the river’s mouth.
Where are the seals
Right away I noticed there were no harbor seals resting on the beach as there usually is. At first I didn’t see many in the water either.
It’s the same immature bald headed eagle I saw a couple days ago on the same log
It flew into the air as I watched and flew around in a circle when the seagull you can barely see attacked it. Most other smaller birds attack the eagles when they get a chance. And the eagle will attack and eat a seagull if it can.
I started to notice the seals
An older lady pulled into the overlook and got out of her car as the showers had let up so I got out and talked with her for a bit when we noticed the harbor seals and seal lions in the river’s mouth.
We were talking and it just started to shower again when we noticed the seagulls where up to something. I had to get back in my car to keep the camera dry and this is what I was looking at. A bunch of seagulls were doing something which I was pretty sure was trying to get some steelhead scraps from a seal or a sea lion that had just caught it and was eating it under the water.
The steelhead were running
The steelhead were running today. big time from what I could see down there.
I left them doing their thing and drove back to the visitor center boat launch to have a look.
I shouted over and told her I’d help her load if she wanted any help. She said she thought she could handle it. I knew she wasn’t going to be able to get the truck tire up on the truck, so I told her I‘d be there for a bit if she decided she needed help.
Well, she did pretty good loading the car tires, but that truck tire proved to be just too big and heavy so I went over and helped her out.
Of course we had to shot the bull for a bit until a rain shower drove me back into my car.
I headed on home stopping in Guerneville to do some grocery shopping, then went on home and took it easy for the rest of the day.