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.