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Clark Creek and Jordan Creek meet the Cascade River near Marblemount Washington

Clark Creek and Jordan Creek meet the Cascade River near Marblemount Washington

Last survey of the season:

Newhalem to Marblemount: 30

Marblemount to Rockport: 18

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 26

Total: 74

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.

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Sauk River, December 18, 2013

Sauk River, a spot we drive by while accessing the south side of the Skagit River during the eagle survey. December 18, 2013

Number of bald eagles counted:

Newhalem to Marblemount: 38
Marblemount to Rockport: 84
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 41

Total: 163

And, numbers from last week, 12/11/13

Newhalem to Marblemount: 36
Marblemount to Rockport: 88
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 54

Total: 178

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Trumpeter Swans Near Sedro-Woolley, WA

Trumpeter Swans Near Sedro-Woolley, WA

Newhalem to Marblemount: 28

Marblemount to Rockport: 34

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 59

Total: 121

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Skagit River near Rockport, WA. January 9, 2013

Skagit River near Rockport, WA. January 9, 2013

The river was big and fast this week! Here are the counts; they are up a bit from last week.

 

Newhalem to Marblemount: 42

Marblemount to Rockport: 101

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 66

Total: 209

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Eagle on the upper Skagit, December 22, 2012 Photo by Ken Todd

Eagle on the upper Skagit, December 22, 2012
Photo by Ken Todd

 

Newhalem to Marblemount: 27
Marblemount to Rockport: 45
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 75

Total: 147

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Bald Eagle on Skagit River near Milepost 100, State Route 20, Washington.

Bald Eagle on Skagit River near Milepost 100, State Route 20, Washington. Photo by Dave Templeton

Newhalem to Marblemount: 59
Marblemount to Rockport: 92
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 111

Total: 262

Did we reach our peak last week? Or will eagle numbers rise again? Stay tuned.

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Elk herd on Skagit River near Hamilton, Washington.

Elk herd on Skagit River near Hamilton, Washington.

Newhalem to Marblemount: 38
Marblemount to Rockport: 141
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 142

Total: 321

Rained nonstop all day, and very dark and gloomy. I’m glad the days will be getting longer soon! Will this be the eagle peak for the Skagit this year? Stay tuned next week to find out. Seeing the elk on the south side of the river near Hamilton was a highlight.-TK

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