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clarki

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Tastes like...chicken
« on: November 16, 2019, 10:23:06 PM »

Early in the summer, I posted about coming across a pile of guts, which I presumed were a gosling, while fishing http://www.fishingwithrod.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=42907.msg405559#msg405559

Today, on the same stretch of water during a successful coho hunt, I came across the remains of a much larger bird


I wasn't sure what kind it was, so I poked around and found some other bits.


Heron

Not sure if it was killed, or scavenged.

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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2019, 08:00:51 AM »

Killed for its roe, most likely.
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2019, 08:17:34 AM »

Heron feather is good to tie spey flies
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2019, 08:25:42 AM »

Heron feather is good to tie spey flies

also more illegal than marijuana

I have come across several dead herons over the years; some killed by other animals, eagles will take them, one I thought must have been killed by a coyote, others hit by vehicles.
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clarki

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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2019, 11:07:56 AM »

Killed for its roe, most likely.
LOL. Well played!

eagles will take them
I wondered same.
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2019, 12:32:13 PM »

I saw an Eagle dive at a Heron a few years ago on the Stave. It looked injured afterwards
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2019, 01:51:12 PM »

Maybe a coyote
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2019, 09:00:37 PM »

Maybe a coyote
Must of been 10 or so yrs ago that this story is coming up in my memory...in the local paper an article mentioned about less herons in Richmond because coyotes were killing them.
In my bike rides do see herons still in Richmond but there are not as many as in past yrs.
A month ago one was standing on a grassy part near some bushy area close to the golf course or just north of...(west Richmond dyke) remember thinking that it was in a prime spot to be ambushed !!!
But eagle may also attack them possibly.
Eagle are going after the snow geese. One guy told me an eagle nest was checked here in Richmond & they found pet collars from cats/small dogs.
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2019, 09:32:52 PM »

immediately below eagle roosts is a good spot to pick up mallard flank feathers.

I've seen eagles take trumpeter swans in the upper valley.

I heard Dave Hancock (https://hancockwildlife.org/) on CBC radio talking about the eagles on the Chehalis flats. He said despite the low chum return there should be enough carrion to feed the eagles for 2 to 3 months as they eat about 1 lb a day. After that the eagles will do fine taking mallards and other birds.
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Re: Tastes like...chicken
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2019, 10:42:46 PM »

Yesterday I witnessed the weirdest thing on the lower Vedder river. Two blue herons were fighting in the air. One was carrying something in the beak (a fish?), and the other was attacking it.
The most disturbing thing was the sounds they were releasing: it sounded like screeches straight from the Hades. something between a dog's bark and a crow's caw, only louder and higher pitched. Very unpleasant. :o

Incidentally, fishing was excellent. My best day by far this season! :)
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