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.

33 thoughts on “Treats for All

  1. Lynette d'Arty-Cross

    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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  2. Still the Lucky Few

    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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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      For a hot smoke you can buy a smoker like a Little Chief, or a bigger one – the Big Chief. Cold smoking (to make it lox style) takes a lot more work and practice. The Captain does both but he has years of practice. The hot smoke is much easier and more forgiving.

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  3. Lori

    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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  4. Ursula

    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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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      You’ll have to get yourself a bird identification book. I know you have lots of birds there. It would be worth it. And yes, that was a big one. You should have seen the one that got away.

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  5. susielindau

    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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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thanks, Susie. That was a long time ago, but I like to look at those old photos now and then and reminisce. And the birds, yes, I do tiptoe around them, just so I don’t scare them out of a safe place. I didn’t know that about frightening a bird, but it makes sense that if they have to expend energy to take flight, it can be deadly for them in weather like this.

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