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Convergence zone on Wednesday - Rockport

Newhalem to Marblemount: 63

Marblemount to Rockport: 185

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 127

Total= 375

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Nest near Lyman Washington

Newhalem to Marblemount: 68

Marblemount to Rockport: 172

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 170

Total=410

Great day for eagles last Wednesday, plus we also saw a BOBCAT!

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Courtesy of Dave T.

Eagle at Rockport

Whitehorse Peak near Darrington

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Fabulous First Weekend

El Dorado from Milepost 100

 

What a perfect weekend to be out on the Upper Skagit. Despite a dreary and/or cold looking forecast, we found the weather to be pleasant and the eagles plentiful.

Rockport was a hot spot!! Right across from the 530 bridge at Howard Miller, eagles spent the whole day pulling salmon carcasses out of the water and eating. What a show in the scope! Not many visitors were around to see it – hopefully we will get more humans next Sunday.

cheap little camera + spotting scope = impressive pictures

The birds in the previous pictures are visible toward the bottom of this shot I took from the bridge.

Other highlights of the weekend included gulls kettling together with the eagles and a peregrine falcon sighting. There are still coho in Clark Creek and steelhead in the river (maybe.) Lots of anglers out in the Skagit – I heard folks were catching Dolly Vardens. The rafting companies were taking out boatloads of happy people, bundled up with binoculars in hand.

Come on up! The time is prime for eagle watching on the Skagit.

See you on the river.

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Get your passport out – the Chehalis and Harrison Rivers in British Columbia are hot right now. Here is a dispatch from eaglewatcher Don:

Here is some information that I would like to see our Eaglewatchers
get soon so they might get a chance to see this. There are jet boat
trips in this area that some might be interested in. This could be a
onetime happening but I hope not.

Why don't you go to  hancockwildlife.org and become a member which is
simple. Then under WHATS NEW on the upper area of the left side of the
page click on "Video of 6,000 C" which turns out to be Video of 6,000
Chehalis/Harrison Eagles
then click on Link to the Video   on the upper right area of the
opening page you will see a video titled Eagle Safari December 11,
2010 so just click on it and you will see a lot of eagles. The view
they got from the boat is the same one I got except I was over one
half mile away and they were just a few hundred yards. The video shows
eagles thick in the trees all along the shore of the river. I got to
see the same thing but I was so far away that I could barely make out
the white heads and tails with my 10 power binoculars. Of course I
also found hundreds of eagles where I could get close enough to them
to get decent views and photos.

Funny thing happened as I was just getting into the area when I
stopped a couple of hundred yards before reaching the river on highway
7 , coming from the east, because I saw many eagles in the trees and I
wanted some pictures. A woman stopped and did the same so I talked to
her about this area and it turned out she is the Linda that took the
pictures in the video and she told me about the video. I spent the
next three hours with her going around the area learning more about
it. She is from Chilliwack and a birdwatcher. She took the trip in the
river along with David Hancock and others on December 11th. Hancock
later told her that he saw about 6,000 eagles that day. Linda and I
exchanged emails and I am going to see if she would like to go up
there together soon. By the way I counted 135 eagles in my first 5
minutes of viewing from this spot

It’s true you do need to sign up to see some of the content on the site. This video I found on youtube may be the same one:

 

I can see why there are so many:

Coho

It sounds fun to head up there, and not too far if you live in Whatcom County especially.

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Saturday December 18

Hi Eaglewatchers – Forecast is for some rain and snow mix this weekend. I’ll be heading out soon. Please be careful especially Sunday morning and dress warm! I have a cold so don’t be surprised if you see Matt in my place for part of the weekend. -Tanya

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The first survey of the season was yesterday and here are the results:

Newhalem to Marblemount: 100

Marblemount to Rockport: 120

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 65

Can you believe there are 100 birds on that upper stretch of the river? Wow!!

Get your warm clothes and raingear and come on up, or make a reservation with an outfitter to float the river.

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