The Chum Salmon: Oncorhunchus keta
Ranging from northern California to Northwest Alaska, this salmon grows to a length of three feet. Their usual weight is a range of eight to eighteen pounds but they can grow to thirty. They are different from other west coast salmon because they lack black spots, though at times they can appear speckled. The Chum used to be known as the dog salmon and wasn’t very popular until other salmon stocks dwindled. Ironically, over fishing is now its greatest threat.
The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
These curious little three and a half inch birds are well know in our area where they breed and bring joy to all residents and visitors.They are incredibly friendly and I had two drink from the garden hose in my hand a a time I needed great comfort. The rusty coloured back of the males (females are a dull green) sets them apart from other species of hummingbirds. They breed here in northwest North America and mostly winter in Mexico, though some are dependent on our feeders and stay all year. They are extremely territorial and attack other hummingbirds trying to feed in their area. My dog and I used to watch their battles among the salmon berry bushes growing by the creek which stimulated me to add the piece of salmon berry bush in the foreground. They feed mainly on nectar but do eat small insects and spiders.