Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Spawn Picks Up!

This afternoon we noticed the unmistakable odor of herring spawn from our place here in Parksville. We went for a look down at the Englishman River estuary, and sure enough, a long line of pale blue green water extending from the San Pareil neighborhood all the way west to Columbia Beach, about three kms away. Although a lot of the roe may be washed up on shore during these heavy seas, it also means that the fishing fleet is tied up inside of the marinas. The herring got a break today. go fish!

Hopefully we will see a big influx of gulls and sea ducks this week and possibly more spawn. I did see a first winter Glaucous Gull and a second winter Iceland Gull between the Englishman River and the old Hovercraft Base at Parksville Bay. There app. 8000 gulls in that area, along with decent flock of scoters, scaup, and Long-tailed Ducks. No really large flocks yet though.

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