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The Fishing Corner: Plenty of options to fish during holiday weekend

The question looms — “what to do and where to fish” — over the Fourth of July weekend. It is understandable that fishing may not have been high on the radar of many on the Fourth; but there is still a chance some will be fishing over the weekend especially since the Fourth falls on a Friday. By now, most have already made a plan as far as fishing goes.

Grays Harbor Birds — Wilson’s Warbler

We are fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to have a large population of what are called “wood warblers” and the Wilson’s Warbler is one of the brightest colored, and therefore one of the easiest to spot. The only problem is developing “warbler neck,” a general soreness from having to constantly tilt one’s head back while searching for the birds in the overhead canopy. Also to be avoided is the too-quick snapping of the head while trying to follow this sprightly little jewel of a bird as it zips from leaf to leaf. I’m serious. You just try it for a few hours.

The Fishing Corner — Ocean fishery in full turn on the Harbors

One of the biggest fishing interests for our area during the summer is the ocean salmon season. We have already experienced the early season which began May 31 and ended June 13. The season proper has begun June 14 and will continue until Sept. 30. This season may close earlier if the quota of 68,380 hatchery coho or 27,600 Chinook salmon guideline is attained.

Grays Harbor Birds — Brown-headed Cowbird

This is a bird a lot of people love to hate, and I am sure many are wondering why I would even bother covering it in this venue — it’s an interesting bird. Brown-headed Cowbirds are fairly recent arrivals to our state, or at least during breeding season, only being counted here as breeders since 1958.

Grays Harbor Birds — Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Few sounds say summer is on the way in the PNW like the sound of the Swainson’s Thrush. Their song is beautiful, an upwardly-spiraling flute-like note, and once you hear it you will be captivated by its beauty. Mother Nature has played a real trick with this bird because you may never see the singer; it is a very shy bird of the dense brush, preferring to sing in solitude. In the 15 plus years I have lived in the PNW I have only seen a Swainson’s once.

Fish & Wildlife Weekender for June

Some of the most popular fishing opportunities are available for anglers in the coming weeks, including trout in hundreds of rivers, crab in south Puget Sound, chinook in the Columbia River and salmon in ocean waters along the coast.

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Grays Harbor Birds — Hooded Merganser

This photo by Gregg Thompson clearly shows two poses of the male Hooded Merganser in courtship display, and the female checking them out. I will regretfully desist from making any human comparisons. Suffice it to say, the boys know how to strut their stuff, and they are definitely looking fine. These little ducks are easy to spot out on the water; they stand out like a neon sign against the background of water and plants.