The Russian River Estuary is filling up now that the mouth has closed. My wife and I got up early this morning to take our canoe out to see the wildlife out there and to pick up whatever garbage we could find.
It was calm when we arrived.
We paddled out to the mouth and then upriver stopping at a pasture for a break. We saw about 70 Harbor Seals at the (now closed) mouth, Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Loons, Mallard Ducks, Caspian Terns, Pelicans, Canadian Geese, and Turkey Vultures. Although we hoped to see something a bit more unusual, specifically River Otter or perhaps, a Bald Eagle, none showed themselves to us.
All along the way, we found flotsam and jetsam to pluck out of the river and take to the garbage receptacle at Jenner launch site.
We stopped by the visitor center to buy a gift for our daughter’s best friends newborn baby girl.
A wonderful morning followed by a fantastic creekside lunch we enjoyed on our way home at Fork’s restaurant.
Map of today’s outing: