Sleeping Heron, Wild Turkeys and a Nice Warm Day Kayaking the River

Friday October 16, 2015 Jenner CA.

Things were quiet as I pulled into Jenner this morning.  So quiet you wouldn’t think it was a Friday, but that was ok with me as that’s the way I like it.

I put the boat in the water and paddled across to Penny Island which looked like this looking down towards the ocean.river


Sleeping heron

I saw this great blue heron sitting on this log as I quietly approached.heron3


Ha, I caught it sleeping and was able to drift into about twenty feet from it.sleepheron


It opened it’s eyes, but since I was already so close, it just sat there. Note the little white feather on the end of it’s bill which is always an indicator that it had just been preening not long ago.heron


I sat with the bird for about ten minutes, both of us just taking it easy.

Eventually, I decided to head up the river which looked like this. The clouds were lifting and the sun was coming out and warming up the day.stars


I paddled through these old redwood logs on the upper end of Penny Island.logs


And I went by my buddy the harbor seal resting on a submerged redwood log. When the mouth is closed and the water comes up, their regular logs up the river go way under the water, so they seem to move down river here to rest.seal


Just past the seal, I went by these cormorants and a seagull also resting up which all the critters seem to do after filling their tummies with fish in the morning.cormorants


Warm day

The day was looking good and it was heating up, so I had to remove a sweater as I paddled on up to my resting spot.upriver


One of my resting spots is here at the muskrat area looking back down to the town of Jenner.sitspot


While sitting there taking it easy I noticed this cow wading in the water which I rarely see them do.IMG_0823


So, I paddled over to check the cow out to make sure it wasn’t stuck in the mud or anything like that. As I approached, the cow moved up on the shoreline, so I knew it was ok.

Wild turkeys

I was surprised to see these wild turkeys just ahead of the cow. I hadn’t seen them since mating season in the spring.turkeys


I paddled on down along the shoreline looking for birds along the way and went past this egret, also resting.egret


I was headed to the closed river’s mouth area along the island when I ran into these birds.birds


The coots where feeding on the submerged grasses. Their numbers are slowly increasing everyday.coots


Things were real quiet at the mouth area also. Not many birds and most of the harbor seals had left to be on the ocean side as it’s a long ways for them to cross over the sand, so most of them tend to stay on the ocean side.

There were a few seagulls and this brown pelican flew in as I watched and shortly flew off again.pelican


As I was leaving something caught my eye, a lone seal crossing over the sand headed for the ocean.sealwalking


I was getting warmer so I had to take off another shirt as I headed back in for the day.

I took my boat out of the water and headed on home, but decided to stop in and see how Ray was doing. He’s been having some
GERD problems lately. I visited with him and his wife for about an hour then went on home for a nap.

I had plans to do some more digging on my water pipe project, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I just puttered around the yard for the rest of the day.

Nice day.

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