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May 18, 2017 – Eagle Fishing for Alewifes

A rite of spring in Mid-Coast Maine is the return of the Alewifes.  An Alewife is a small herring fish that spends most of its life in the Atlantic Ocean, but in the spring, mature Alewifes, return to their place of birth to spawn, fresh water lakes.

We are fortunate to have two Alewife fish ladders within a few minutes of home and it is exciting to watch millions of first fight their way up stream.

Birds also find the migration exciting and its fun to watch Herring and Black-backed Gulls, Ospreys, Cormorants and Eagle feast upon the exhausted fish.

At noon today I drove over to the Damariscotta fish ladder and was thrilled to see a Bald Eagle fishing and tormenting the other birds.