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Treats for All


These Oregon juncos are probably wishing they were in Oregon, but they have been wintering on Vancouver Island, as usual. I felt very sorry for them when that last snowfall covered most of their natural food sources. Sitting beside a well filled bird feeder, they can’t be starving, but they must be feeling a bit chilly. Their feathers are fluffed out for more insulating power, and I suspect they are not expending any more energy than necessary.

Feeling the same shivery chill, the Captain said, “This is the perfect weather for smoking some salmon.”

It was a lot of work, but after hours of preparation, and timing the brining and smoking process, he brought in a wonderful treat for us. Smoked spring salmon, or as the Americans call it, king salmon. It is properly called a chinook salmon, or if you want to get technical, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha.

Here is what it looked like once upon a time. This is an old photo from MANY years ago. You can only guess how seasick I felt, but catching this big spring salmon made me happy. If I don’t look overjoyed, well, that’s as good as it got for me as long as the boat was moving.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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33 thoughts on “Treats for All

  1. WOW look at that fish! Going to have to put that on the bucket list!

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  2. That looks so yummy! I love smoked salmon. 🙂
    And the little juncos are so cute. They used to over-winter in southern Alberta when I lived there and were a very familiar sight at my feeders. Maybe there’s a strain of more cold resistant juncos?

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  3. I love the juncos. I do believe ours have migrated…a sign that spring is around the corner…at least I hope so!

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  4. That’s one huge fish, but I can see the motion was getting to you.

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  5. Such sweet birds. Impressive fish too!

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  6. We had scores of little birds hide out from the wind and cold in a big bush outside of our condo. They would fly over to the food we put out, then dash right back into their shelter, So sweet! I’m on Vancouver Island also, as I’ve probably mentioned, and was a bit cranky about the snow! Glad that’s done!

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  7. Wow, what a picture! A huge fish and a very sick lady! (I can certainly sympathize with seasickness!)

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  8. I love that old picture, Anneli, though you’re right, you don’t look happy at all. We eat a lot of salmon but don’t know how to smoke it. Something to learn for the new year, maybe? It looks delicious. 🙂

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  9. Birds are a joy to watch. What a salmon catch!

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  10. Oh my, that’s a big one, and you look like you felt in tip-top shape. LOL
    I forced myself to acquire a taste for SOME seafood when we moved to Florida. Still, the only seafood I can stomach is white fish. Also shrimp, only if it’s cooked properly, not rubbery. I haven’t been able to acquire a taste for salmon. I wish I could though, cause it’s very good for you. The picture of those fillets actually looks appetizing.

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  11. That is the largest salmon I have ever seen! I love those pictures with the little juncos, they look different from the birdies I am feeding (I don´t even know the name of them).

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  12. I love that photo of you! That is One Big FISH!!! I had heard that when it becomes sub-zero, frightening a bird can lose all of its heat and it can die. We have to tiptoe in the garden when it’s below 0!

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