The title of this post is a much anticipated announcement commonly heard every summer around these parts. It refers to the arrival of Chinook Salmon to the local rivers and streams.
Chinooks, (King Salmon are the largest North American salmon. They often greatly exceed one meter, (yard) in length. They first started showing up in Ship Creek about a month ago but they were evident in great numbers last Friday.
Some years they fail to appear in their traditional spawning grounds. Ship Creek experienced a bounty of fish this year. There were many hundreds of them on Friday.
There were also smaller species like this Coho Salmon trying to make it over the artificial falls near the fish hatchery where I photographed dippers earlier this summer.
They show up, they spawn, they die, all in a few short weeks. There were no bears in evidence while we were there but I suspect that they show up in the wee hours.
After Ship Creek we crossed town to visit Potter Marsh south of Anchorage. Lots of yellowlegs.
A size comparison between Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.
A resting greater.
A Bald Eagle landed nearby. Too bad the light was so harsh.
The eagle was chasing Canada Geese but had no luck.
I am lucky to see one spider a year. Any idea what species this might be?