Aberdeen Failor Lake open for children-only derby April 18
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Our next big event on the local fishing scene is the lake opener which occurs the last Saturday of April. The actual date is April 25 this year.
Most of the birds featured in this column have been accompanied by a photo of the male, simply because that is what I get from Gregg Thompson. Today’s photo is a female.
The Latin name of the Northern Shrike means “butcher watchman,” but don’t cue the scary music yet; this bird only targets smaller birds and mammals. Still, with that sort of a name, this bird makes an interesting subject of study. Unfortunately I have yet to see one in my neighborhood, so have to depend on the tales of those who have seen at least one. This photo by Gregg Thompson shows how intently the bird concentrates.
The books on the 2014-15 fishing season are very close to being closed. This season will conclude at the end of this month and require that anglers comply with a few matters.
The Lincoln’s Sparrow was named after Thomas Lincoln, the birding companion/helper of John James Audubon, who said of this bird, “We found more wildness in this species than in any other inhabiting the same country.”
Upcoming razor clam dig shifts from evening to morning tides
When we approach mid-March in the fishing season, there is one thing anglers in our area have first and foremost on their minds. It simply is big fish.
Razor clam digs start up Monday
The Hermit Thrush is one of three spot-breasted thrushes that makes its home in Grays Harbor, and if you see one of the three in winter, more than likely it is a Hermit Thrush. It is one of the most widely distributed forest-nesting migratory birds in North America and the only forest thrush whose population has remained stable over the past 20 years. Most who know this bird talk about its ethereal song; it can be heard at this web site http://birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/hermit_thrush
I have been writing these fishing articles for 23 years! It hardly seems possible but it is true. The one thing I have learned over the years is just how much there is to learn about this sport. Our region offers a unique and specialized fishery which is the envy of anglers all across the country.
From time-to-time, I stray from the path of Grays Harbor Birds to show something out of the ordinary, remarkable, or just plain interesting. This qualifies, but the possibility is we may yet see this bird in our neck of the woods. There are changes taking place in the traditional habitats, and there are exciting discoveries being made, drawing large crowds to observe the unusual. Gregg Thompson found and photographed two of these visitors to the west side of the Cascades. Now if we can just convince them to try our woods, I bet they would stay.
When one thinks about prime time, the subject usually goes to the peak time the general public views their television. Networks gauge their programming accordingly. Often, we look at our lives and speak of being in the prime of life, whenever that may be.
Fish &Wildlife begins status reviews, seeks info on 17 wildlife species