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Three men arrive at Fort Clatsop and report that the salt makers at the ocean have 2 kegs of salt. The decision is made to shut down the salt works. Lewis describes the California Condor. Shannon brings in a Golden eagle.

at 2 P. M. Joseph Fields arrived from the Salt works and informed us that they had about 2 Kegs of salt on hand
we there directed a party of six men to go with Fields in the morning in order to bring the salt and kettles to the fort.

Meriwether Lewis

Necanicum River

Sandy shores of a river flowing into the ocean

Shannon brought me one of the large carrion Crow or Buzzads of the Columbia which they had wounded and taken alive. I bleive this to be the largest bird of North America.

Meriwether Lewis

California condor, Gymnogyps californianus

California Condor head: Bald head with a large beak

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Shannon also brought me a grey Eagle which appeared to be of the same kind common to the U' States; it weighed 15 lb. and measured 7 Feet 7 Inches between the extremities of the wings.

Meriwether Lewis

Golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

Large bird with brown, tan, and black feathers

Photo ©2007 Rocky. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.