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Mergansers Chasing Smolt in the Alsea River

This Great Blue Heron is fishing for smolts but he is not nearly as successful as the mergansers.


Usually the mergansers just dive to get crawdads or mudcats off the bottom of the river.  But smolt were released upriver this month.  Steelhead smolt must be fast because the chase is on!  Check out this video.

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According to ODFW 20,000 stock and 80,000 wild stock Winter Steelhead, size 6 fish/pound, have been or will be released into the Alsea River this month.  40,000 stock Winter Steelhead are also to be released into Five Rivers.

Read more about the Alsea River Hatchery.

Work and Play

We got some much-needed yard work done today!  The grass has been naturally watered for over a week and today the sunshine made it grow a foot in an hour – no really!

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I could hear a very loud knocking across the road.  I didn’t have to look long to see this big Pileated Woodpecker.  The tree sounds hollow 😦

Crawdad Trap Toss
Crawdad Trap Toss

Don finished the crawdad trap and tossed it in the Alsea River.  My mouth is already watering!

Red and Gray Moth
Red and Gray Moth

What’s the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

A friend just told me that this is the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae), introduced in the NW from Europe as a biocontrol of a weed called tansy ragwort (which is toxic to cattle and horses).  I guess one could guess from the coloration that this an apsomatic warning to would-be predators of both the adult and the larva that it is toxic due to bad chemicals.  (Thanks John!)

Red and Gray Moth
Hand Shadow Chicken Beak

Don was playing hand-shadows with the moth.

Hhhhmmm – now how can I imitate that with a fly?  I bet those summer steelhead would like that!