Razor clam digs start up Monday
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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
It is a truth that 10 percent of all steelheaders catch 90 percent of the fish. While this is a revealing statistic, there is good reason for this fact.
The Gadwall so closely resembles a Mallard, I have not been able to definitively distinguish the two species myself.
Fishing for the elusive steelhead is precisely such a problem, it is elusive. The term elusive comes from the verb “elude,” which means to escape by cleverness or quickness. It carries the idea of slipping away from notice, which leads to all measures of frustration.
One of the most frequently asked questions that comes up when we begin a new year is “Do I need a new fishing license?” The answer to the question is simply “It depends.”
For Washingtonians, the start of the new year is prime time to hunt for ducks and geese, fish for hatchery-reared steelhead and enjoy the annual spectacle of bald eagles, snow geese, elk, big-horn sheep and other wintering wildlife.
From the beginning, I have had nightmares about getting the wrong identification on a bird for this column, so I tend to avoid gulls because it would be pretty easy to get it wrong.
Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reasons to head outdoors during the holiday season. Steelhead are surging up coastal rivers, waterfowl hunting is in full swing, and birders are gearing up around the state for the annual Christmas Bird Count.
The Horned Grebe is most often seen in our area in its winter plumage, shown here about to eat a shrimp, and photographed by Gregg Thompson. I wish I could show you the entire sequence of photos from when the shrimp is caught to becoming merely a bulge in the grebes’ neck. I have always been amazed at the things some of the water birds can swallow and this photo clearly demonstrates that ability.