Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fish in the Road

On the way to Meridean via Rustic Road 107, I stopped to help a western painted turtle cross the road. 

That's when I noticed ripples on the surface of the puddle on the side of the road - behind the turtle.

A school of tiny fish stranded by the receding flood waters on along the Chippewa River.

I didn't have a bucket or anything in which to transport them back to the river.   So I left them there.
Dinner for a lucky raccoon or kingfisher?

What species?  I didn't have a clue.

On the way home, I stopped at the library for a fish identification book.

They look like fingerling Gizzard Shad - favorite food of the Bald Eagle.

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