The Gadwall so closely resembles a Mallard, I have not been able to definitively distinguish the two species myself.
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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.
Rivers, log jams and boats can be a recipe for disaster for anyone facing this combination in the outdoors. They can not only be disastrous, but even fatal, since things can happen quickly on fast-flowing rivers with bends and turns.
There’s more than one way to put a turkey on your table for Thanksgiving. Rather than head to the grocery store, thousands of hunters plan to get their birds during the hunting season for wild turkey that gets under way Nov. 20 in eastern Washington.
From all the reports I have received, it seems a lot of people have caught a lot of salmon this year. To add to this bit of information, many of those anglers were not seasoned fishers. Fish were aplenty and ripe for the taking.
The one thing anglers need to embrace as we advance in this fishing season is change. So many things change quickly, which requires everyone to “stay on their toes.”
The rains of the past have definitely stirred up the “fishing pot.” What this means is this: The fish which have held up in the lower portions of our local rivers have begun to make their move upstream. Enough rain came in to move significant numbers of fish.
You don’t have to know how to read Latin to understand “minutilla” has something to do with this bird’s size; indeed it is the smallest shorebird in the world…not much bigger than a sparrow. Another fact, though not pertinent to the harbor, it is believed the eastern populations fly non-stop over the ocean from New England to their winter territory in northeastern South America, from 1,800 to 2,500 miles! There is more.
All stops are pulled for our inland salmon fishing season when October arrives, which is this Wednesday. On that date, every river or stream open to salmon fishing will be legal to fish.
Nominations sought to new Willapa Bay salmon advisory group