We had another great time on the upper Skagit last weekend. Weather was stellar, and we met many interesting people from all over the USA.
Rockport State Park began their deep forest tours (Saturdays through the end of the month) and kids activities and had over 200 participants. Skagit Fisheries offered free tours at the Hatchery which have been wildly popular. There were a few eagles scattered here and there, but the great numbers seem to have moved on in search of better feeding grounds. The chum run barely materialized this year. Had it been a good run (like the Columbia was rumored to have this year) the eagles would still be here munching. As of last Tuesday (the 5th), the Nooksack was still pretty good (165 eagles counted with many fish carcasses). The heavy rains earlier this week could have changed all that, as the rivers are running VERY high and could wash out any food remaining.
Today’s eagle count was small, but better than last week. Bob and I saw 37 eagles between Rockport and Sedro-Woolley today. Jim at the Nature Conservancy counted 58 from Rockport to Marblemount.