Wednesday and Thursday of last week saw us complete the timed electrofishing on the Water of Girvan and River Doon. High water levels over the last 3/4 weeks prevented us from completing these main river sites.
Fry numbers appear to be down on previous years averages. However we have seen very good numbers of parr, despite these surveys not being designed to assess salmon parr numbers (different habitats niches etc.). Numbers and condition of salmon parr were good indicating survival from fry to parr over last winter was high and of course that the feeding has been excellent. We also noted how large some of the fry are in these lower river sites, again indicating how good the feeding is.
We happened across an adult salmon (mostly likely a grilse) in shallow streamy water near Dalrymple. Lying in only eighteen inches of water under trailing weed this fish must have thought it was as safe as houses, that is until it got a tingle from the electricity. After which it flew downstream out of our way! We also so a fish splash downstream of Dalrymple.