The Bird Word: Stop for a Dilly Bar and a Bit O’Birding

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle I stopped in for a Dilly Bar at the Dairy Queen off Harrison the other day and parked my car in the back of the lot to lake gaze while I enjoyed my treat. It’s a contemplative activity, good for the soul — although it’s a bit damaging to the waistline, the good outweighs the bad, in my opinion. I have been dropping by the lake every time I’m in town. Each time I see something new and interesting.…

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Spring Chinook Run Has Begun

Fishermen want to keep it a secret, but the spring Chinook run has begun. A few have been caught just off the Blue Creek boat launch on the Cowlitz River. In addition, steelhead are still rolling through. For now, both Barrier Dam and Blue Creek are almost empty of fishermen, both in boats and on shore. A check on Thursday had zero fishermen at Barrier Dam on a fine chilly morning. In talking with a few fishermen at Blue Creek who were from east Lewis…

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Backyard Naturalist: Aerial Piracy Offers Unique Chance to View Raptors

Editor’s Note: Outdoors Writer Russ Mohney died Aug. 31. The loss is staggering. His writing and insight into the outdoors of Southwest Washington was unmatched. We will be publishing his popular column each week in the coming months from his abundant body of work created throughout the past decade for The Chronicle. This column was originally published Jan. 28, 2005. Russ Mohney I’ve read a number of reports in the past week involving the act of aerial piracy practiced by birds of prey as they…

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Skookumchuck Steelies Draw a Crowd

By Lee Hughes lhughes@chronline.com A late winter steelhead run on the Skookumchuck River — and the crowds that fought for a place on the bank to catch them the first week in February — has tapered off. The Chronicle caught up with some diehards last week near the Skookumchuck Dam. Although a couple of 8 to 10-pounders were landed, the fishing was nothing like it the previous week when “hundreds” of angler’s fought for a place on the shore of the river. Dennis Matsuda, a…

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Razor Clam Digs Start Thursday

By The Chronicle Another razor clam dig on the coast runs this Thursday through Saturday. On Thursday Twin Harbors opens for digging, followed by four other ocean beaches — Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Kalaloch — opening the next two days. Officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife report that Twin Harbors has the highest number of clams available for harvest.

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