Thursday, September 9, 2021

Salmon and Dipper

A banner in downtown Olympia proclaimed, “The salmon are back!” We saw dozens of salmon, probably Coho, in the Deschutes River. A salmon flying above Tumwater Falls amazed us. Further up the river, we saw salmon having somewhat more success leaping over a smaller dam. I have mentioned in a previous post that fish hatchery workers tend to cut the adipose fins off the salmon they release. Because these salmon lack those fins behind their dorsal fins, one can conclude that this population is introduced to the river.
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls on the Deschutes River is also where we look for American Dippers. We don’t always find them along the river, but we did on 8 September 2021, while we were salmon watching. The yellow bill suggests this dipper is a young bird.

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