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.
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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
Currently anglers are about to experience several openers for the inland salmon season. Whereas there have been a few bodies of water open to salmon, the options widen.
The sun is setting earlier and the leaves are beginning to turn color – signs of another change of season. Fall is in the air, and hunters are heading out for the first major hunting seasons of the year.
Salmon fishing inland waters is becoming the topic of conversation with anglers as of late. The best news is yet to come with the opening of several of our local rivers in the near future.
There are two times of the year that really shine for birders, spring for the return of birds we have longed to see over the winter months and fall when the birds that have been up north on their breeding territories straggle through on their way south to overwinter somewhere a bit warmer.
Angler attention is definitely moving toward salmon fishing on all fronts as we near the month of September. There is still a lot of attention being focused on the ocean fishery known as Area 2.
Anglers can keep two Chinook off Westport beginning Monday
The Black-headed Grosbeak is a bird of our summers, so it seems only fitting that it should be included in the Grays Harbor birds before it heads south for the winter. I have heard many reports from friends who have these lovely birds at their feeders, but I have yet to entice them to visit mine; maybe they aren’t fond of the beach. At any rate, here is a bit more information about them, and a great photo by Gregg Thompson.
I keep promising myself more time spent looking for and at birds and less time spent at the computer, but I am woefully short of that promise to myself. Case in point is I have only seen this bird three times in the 30 plus years I have been a birder, and one of those sightings was inside the fenced enclosure at the La Brea Tar Pits, no more than 100 feet off Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California! There it was, standing on a bed of reeds, out in plain sight. I knew no one would believe me, so I took a photo of the strange sight. That was the first one, and it made an impression. Here are some facts about this elusive bird.
Washingtonians are reeling in chinook and coho salmon off the coast, pulling up pots full of crab in Puget Sound, and casting for trout in alpine lakes on both sides of the Cascades. Summer fisheries are in full swing, providing some of the best fishing opportunities of the year.
Inland fishing is as difficult as it gets at this time of the year. Early August makes for some real challenges when it comes to enticing a fish to strike a lure or take bait.
Size : 7.9 to 11 inches tall, with a wingspan of 12.2 to 15.7 inches, and weighing 2.7 to 3 ounces.