FIRST FISH! Salmon show up in Fauntleroy Creek, one day after community drumming

“The drumming worked!” So exults Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens after the first fall sightings of coho salmon in the creek, the day after the annual drumming/singing gathering to ceremonially call them home (WSB coverage here). Whitney Fraser provides the photo and video:

Judy first reported that fellow longtime volunteer Dennis Hinton “had the honor of spotting the first coho spawner of the season … It’s a beautiful female between the two lower bridges, which means unlike last year, we have a spawner in the natural creek upstream of the fish ladder.” Then a “jack” – a male who returned a year earlier than the usual rhythms – was spotted, and then four more. That’s already surpassed last year’s entire total of four. Salmon watch on Fauntleroy Creek will continue into mid-November – or until an entire week has passed with no fish sightings – whichever comes first.

9 Replies to "FIRST FISH! Salmon show up in Fauntleroy Creek, one day after community drumming"

  • Charly October 29, 2018 (10:13 pm)

    Such happy news! 

  • Mj October 29, 2018 (10:34 pm)

    Very kewl, hopefully many more and that they have lots a baby’s for the future

  • dsa October 29, 2018 (11:30 pm)


  • Bob F Forrest October 30, 2018 (2:24 am)

    Some things in Seattle still work.

  • Railroaded October 30, 2018 (4:13 am)

    Great news!

  • Merrily Stover October 30, 2018 (8:27 am)

    Lovely!   Thank you for all your hard work in supporting the life cycle of the Fauntleroy salmon.  They are coming home!

  • DH October 30, 2018 (1:39 pm)

    Awesome news! Thanks to everyone working to restore the creek and salmon!! 

  • dennis hinton October 30, 2018 (8:50 pm)

    Two more today (Tuesday)—a spawning pair.

    • WSB October 30, 2018 (8:59 pm)

      Thank you for the update!

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