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After a clear sunrise at Fort Clatsop, Indians bring whale blubber from a whale that beached near the Salt Works. Lewis writes about eating dogs and then describes several birds including a crow, sparrow, and wren.

The Sun rose fair this morning for the first time for Six weeks past, the Clouds Soon obscure it from our view, and a Shower of rain Suckceeded—

William Clark

Fort Clatsop sunrise

Sunrise over a coastal river

Photo date: December 17, 2010. Some modern items have been digitally obscured.

At 11 A. M. we were visited by our near neighbours, Chief or Tiá, Co-mo-wool; alias Conia and six Clatsops. the[y] brought for sale some roots buries and three dogs also a small quantity of fresh blubber. this blubber they informed us they had obtained from their neighbours the Callamucks who inhabit the coast to the S. E. near whose vilage a whale had recently perished.

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Clatsop

Painting of a small band of Indieans arriving at Fort Clatsop

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.

the brought for sale some roots buries and three dogs also a small quantity of fresh blubber
Sent Sergt. Gass and George shannon to the saltmakers who are somewhere on the coast

Meriwether Lewis

Whale blubber

A small chunk of yellowish whale blubbe

Photo ©2006 Susanna Haas. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

a small Crow, the blue crested Corvus and the small corvus with a white brest, the little brown ren, a large brown sparrow, the bald Eagle and the beatifull Buzzard of the columbia still continue with us.

Meriwether Lewis

Northwestern crow, Corvus caurinus

Northwestern Crow: a medium sized, jet black bird

©2007 Alan D. Wilson Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

a small Crow, the blue crested Corvus and the small corvus with a white brest, the little brown ren, a large brown sparrow, the bald Eagle and the beatifull Buzzard of the columbia still continue with us.

Meriwether Lewis

Winter wren, Troglodytes troglodytes

Winter Wren: a small tan and brown bird with an insect in its beak

Photo by Robert Lorch. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.