the Alewife Run

Alewives are sea-run fish, just like Smelt, a fascinating piece of a complex eco-web that is iconic to Maine life.

The Smelt run under the ice, and so far our family has only enjoyed that fun event at second-hand. (Read more about Smelt Season on the homestead here.)

But the Alewives run in May and June, and you can visit them right at the Town Landing in Columbia Falls!

Read All About Maine Alewives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

As the tide rises, you can watch the river flow dark with Alewives making their way upstream. As the tide gets low, you can walk out to the falls and get a closer look at Alewives that get trapped in the pool waiting for the tide to change.

A pair of Bald Eagles settles into a perch along the Pleasant River at Columbia Falls Town Landing.

And as an added bonus at low tide (for you, not for the Alewives), you can watch the eagles fish!

Unfortunately, our arrival disturbed the adults slightly and they retreated onto a high, overlooking perch.

But the juveniles were undeterred. They policed the low waters with their intense gazes, scattering seagulls at every turn.

They made long, sweeping runs along the water, testing their skills at skimming the surface and snatching up a meal.

Bold, masters of their environment even at this young age, the eagles are always delightful to watch.


…soaring…

Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME

…coming in for a landing…

Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME

…watching…

Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME

…fishing…

Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME

…feasting…

Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME
Juvenile Bald Eagle fishing the Alewife Run, Town Landing, Columbia Falls, ME

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:31, KJV)

No matter where we are, the wonders of God’s creation are always there, in the rivers and in the forests and in the skies, just waiting to be explored!

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