By Simon Barnes
Few books are extra intimidating than a standard box advisor. There are just too many birds in them. This booklet introduces the reader to Britain's most evident birds. however it does greater than that: it additionally explains them. It explains the best way assorted birds do various things, devour diverse nutrients, sing various songs and stay diversified lives, and it explains why they're diversified. when you are a would-be birdwatcher yet don't understand the place to begin, a nasty birdwatcher's significant other is for you. it is going to assist you comprehend birdwatching; yet, way more vital, it is going to assist you start to comprehend birds.
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It has large eyes with well-developed adipose eyelids. The alewife can be distinguished from other herring by its lower jaw, which projects noticeably beyond the upper jaw. Habitat. Alewives are anadromous, inhabiting coastal waters, estuaries, and some inland waters, although some spend their entire lives in freshwater. They have been caught as far as 70 miles offshore in shelf waters. Life history/Behavior. The alewife is a schooling ﬁsh and Size. Alewives can grow up to a half pound in weight and to 15 inches in length; they usually average 6 to 12 inches in saltwater and 3 to 6 inches in freshwater.
2 yrs. 1 yr. Annual growth rings from this scale indicate a fiveyear-old fish. fastest during the first few years of life and continues at a decreasing rate. It accelerates during warm-weather months when food is abundant. During the cold months, fish do not feed much; their metabolism slows down, and growth is retarded. The age of fish that live in temperate climates can be determined fairly accurately from various bony portions of their anatomy, because definite changes in seasons cause annual marks to appear in the bone.
It is used commercially in pet food and as ﬁsh meal and fertilizer, and it has been a signiﬁcant factor in the restoration of trout and salmon ﬁsheries in the Great Lakes. Distribution. Sea-run alewives extend from Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to South Carolina. Alewives were introduced into the upper Great Lakes and into many other inland waters, although some naturally landlocked populations exist. Identification. Small and silvery gray with a greenish to bluish back tinge, the alewife usually has one small dark shoulder spot and sometimes other small dusky spots.