[Tweeters] osprey with snake

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 28 16:28:45 PDT 2016


What might be going downstream now are smolts; hardly be seen if in an Osprey's talons. I also doubt that they would smolt in daytime and be near enough to the surface to be grabbed. Spawning adults would be in shallow water that in some places be accessible to them.




Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
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Pacific lamprey and River lamprey are present in west coast rivers and the associated marine environment. The latter species can still be moving downstream to saltwater at this time of year.



See, for example, Adult Biology of the River Lamprey ( Lampetra ayresi ) and the Pacific Lamprey ( Lampetra tridentate ) from the Pacific Coast of Canada



--g




Gary T. Smith

Smith & Stark





From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kelly McAllister
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:37 PM
To: 'tweeters'
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] osprey with snake




I was told yesterday about an eel being among the fish removed from a construction area in the Pilchuck River. The fish removal team had been taking out lampreys for nearly a week so they knew what lampreys look like. Still, I thought, “There are no eels west of the Rockies”. As far as I know, an eel out here would be a significant discovery.



Kelly McAllister

Olympia, Washington



From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [ mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu ] On Behalf Of L Markoff
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:25 PM
To: Dan Logen < d.logen at frontier.com >; L Markoff < canyoneagle at comcast.net >
Cc: tweeters < tweeters at u.washington.edu >
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] osprey with snake




​ Back in the mid-90s when my kids were young we were vacationing on the Outer Banks, NC. We visited Fort Raleigh NHS. We had just parked our car in the parking lot when an Osprey flew overhead, carrying an Eel. It dropped the Eel, which, even though it hit the pavement, was still alive. The kids and I scooped it up into a sand bucket and found a way to the water, where we released it. It swam off, with an exciting tale to tell its Eel friends.





Perhaps your Osprey also had an Eel, and not a snake??? Just a thought.





Lori Markoff


Eugene, OR


canyoneagle at comcast.net (preferred email address)





On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM, Dan Logen < d.logen at frontier.com > wrote:




Hi Tweeters





While driving through Ewan last Saturday, July 23, we saw an Osprey headed to its pole-top nest with a long snake dangling from its talons. This was a first for me. Cornell's web site says their diet is 99% fish.





Ewan is at the south end of Rock Lake, Highway 23, Whitman County. Fish should be readily available.





Dan Logen


Stanwood









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