Last survey of the season:
Newhalem to Marblemount: 30
Marblemount to Rockport: 18
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 26
The low chum run sure made this year’s eagle migration to the upper Skagit a bust. Looking back through historical records, In the 31 years since surveys began, the only year with lower eagle numbers than this one was 1983. That must have been a spectacularly bad chum year!
This does not mean that eagles are in trouble at all. The birds we count here in the winter are mostly migratory. Eagles are opportunistic feeders, and will travel to the areas where food is abundant and easily obtained. In our local area that appears to be the Skagit and Samish deltas, and the Nooksack River.