Busy Bay

The Alsea Bay sure is busy!

ghost shrimp harvest on alsea bay
Suckin’ up the ghost shrimp

So let’s start at the bottom of the food chain.  The above photo shows a man using a dredge to harvest ghost shrimp to be used for bait.  The birds like the ghost shrimp too.

Elegant Tern on Alsea Bay
Elegant Tern on Alsea Bay

We saw the pelicans fly by; not diving today.  Cormorants were diving and eating crabs but it was the Elegant Terns that caught our eye.  From a distance they look like seagulls but a closer look reveals their black cap.  I’ve never seen one but was given a heads-up they were in the area on the Yahoo Group: Lincoln Co. Birding and Nature Observing

crabbing for dungeness in alsea bay
Crabbers Wait for their Pots to Soak

Boats were crabbing for Dungeness crab in the Alsea Bay.

Fishing the Jaws of Alsea Bay
Fishing the Jaws

There were even a couple boats out in the jaws – or the mouth of the bay.

Easy Access to Fishing Alsea Bay Shoreline
Easy Access to Fishing Alsea Bay Shoreline

This hopeful chinook fisherman is trying his luck on the beach next to the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center.  But he had no bites this day.

fishing alsea bay from shore
There’s more than one way to fish the Bay

Walk a little further up the shoreline to the bridge for another favorite spot.  We didn’t see anyone catching though.

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