It is amazing that our Western Washington rivers are still stinking of rotting pink salmon carcasses, and have been since the fish spawned and expired back in September. Not surprisingly, a casual drive up the Skagit and Sauk Rivers Wednesday yielded plentiful eagle sightings. The site in the photo above is the Sauk-Suiattle Conservation Area on Bryson Road near Darrington. Anyone looking for eagles to watch will be well rewarded here.
We are all hoping for a strong run of chum this year, which will bring migrating eagles in force and keep them here through the winter. This month, large pods of orcas and dolphins have been spotted in inland waters such as the strait of Georgia and Puget Sound. These cetaceans are more commonly seen closer to the open ocean, such as in Haro Strait. Could they be feeding on chum which are swimming through now on their way to the Skagit and other west coast rivers? I am trying to find out more about the chum run and will post again if there is any new information.
For now, please enjoy video of the dolphin “superpod” which thrilled passengers on a BC Ferry from Galliano Island to Tsawassen on October 31, 2013.