Well, not 5 minutes after our inaugural post, we received the news that the herring are here! This run is starting exactly two weeks earlier than the earliest recorded run, which was April 4th, 2010. There were definitely no fish observed at Mill Pond yesterday afternoon. We went to Middle Pond earlier this afternoon to see if any herring have made it yet the full distance. No signs of any fish in the last pool. The water looks beautiful and the run looks great, with new grates and a new paint job on the last rung of the ladder.
The first count at Mill Pond took place at the 1:00 hour today, with two fish observed, but none made the jump during the counting interval. However, we did have some observations later in the day -
Just before 3 p.m. - a fat seagull was perched right at the last rung with the white board, watching the water. He was not happy to see me.... just after he flew off, I did observe one fish jumping the white board, but it was not counted since I did not start the 10 minute interval during the 2:00 hour.
3:00 hour - two fish cleared the rung during the counting interval, with another half dozen in the pool, lined up to go....
4:00 hour - three fish made the jump.
5:00 hour - one fish through. There were more in the pool!
From prior years, big runs have occurred in Days 2 through 5, so we're scrambling to get a schedule together for the next few days.
We'll be posting a detailed schedule after our Herring Counter meeting at Liberty Hall on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to get a good start to the schedule during that meeting.