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Early Bird Special at the Stony Brook Herring Run in Brewster

Laura M. Reckford
Written by Laura M. Reckford

BREWSTER – Gulls are starting to line up early knowing that thousands of herring will soon be swimming upstream in an annual ritual that attracts gulls and people to one of the Cape’s most scenic herring runs.

The early herring — the scouts — have already started. The electronic fish counter told the story and the gulls confirmed it.

Numbers posted at the Stony Brook Factory Village Gristmill and Museum stated that in the seven days from April 2 to 9, there were 173 herring counted. That was the official tally. But in order to get to the fish counter on the south side of Stony Brook Road, the herring have to evade a gauntlet of gulls lined up along the stream on the south side of the road.

That means the herring that make it to the counter can be considered very lucky fish indeed.

Blossoming daffodils and herring traveling upstream to spawn—two of the classic signs of spring on Cape Cod.

See also

The Herring Run, the Seagulls & The Banker

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About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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