Size: 7.9 to 11 inches tall, with a wingspan of 12.2 to 15.7 inches, and weighing 2.7 to 3 ounces.
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Mid-July fishing usually means fishing as it relates to vacation or travels. It could easily mean fishing in Eastern Washington, which translates into fishing varied species in different water types.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mid-season upgrades to fishing licenses offered
When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest, I began exploring the region, and soon afterwards discovered just how many birds there are in this part of the country.
Fishing intensity picks up a notch with the opening of rivers, streams and beaver dams statewide the first Saturday of June, which is the 7th.
By now, anglers are adapting to a new fishing season and it will be interesting to see just what kind of a year it will actually be.
The new fishing season has gotten an early start to bait anglers for what hopes to be a promising season. The head start is largely for juveniles, but what interests the kids interests everyone.
Weeklong razor clam dig starts Monday