A feathered feeding frenzy Friday

Well, we finally did it. We got onto some herring spawn at Birch Point (Cherry Point), home to the most dramatically declining herring sub-population in Puget Sound. We’d been waiting and waiting, and even got skunked on a hunt last week. But today, armed by a tip from our collaborators at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, we hit gold. Herring gold. And we weren’t the only ones, as the photo attests. We saw hundreds of scoters, harlequin ducks, Bonapartes gulls, and other birds feasting on the fresh spawn. Diving, picking – there was constant action all around us.

We got some transects set, collected some eggs, and we’ll be back to do the same thing again next week. With any luck, it will be another gorgeous day.

3 thoughts on “A feathered feeding frenzy Friday

  1. Could there be more to ocean acidification that is being looked at?
    My investigative research has lead me .to the conclusion that Aluminum and Barium are not being tested for in the waters of Puget Sound/Salish Sea.. With scientific documentation that chemtrails, aka geoengineering, include these metals and are changing the PH balance of our soil, and that Monsanto has received a U.S. Patent for and is now marketing “aluminum tolerant seeds,I have a request. Please test these waters that us humans and animals call home for these harmful chemicals, or tell me if anyone is testing for them. Thank you.

    • We’re just tracking the spawn (eggs), Paul. We didn’t actually see any adults today. And because we’re working so close to shore – herring spawn on algae and sea grasses rooted to the bottom – there’s no room for that quintessential bait ball you’re imagining. We have seen HUGE schools of adult herring at other sites, though, and it is quite impressive!

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