Viewing Outlook: Feb. 18, 2010

JACKSON - Waterfowl and songbirds are currently looking for nesting sights. It's time is to clean out and refresh nesting structures for those that need it. The first turkey vultures are starting to show up along the Rogue River, having returned from wintering grounds farther south.

Ducks and geese are starting to pair up in preparation for the nesting season. The Whetstone Pond area is an excellent place to spot numerous waterfowl and raptors.

COQUILLE - Large numbers of several species of waterfowl are very apparent in the Coquille Valley now that the valley along Highway 42 is mostly flooded. Keep an eye out for northern pintail, American widgeon, mallards and others.

DOUGLAS - Winter steelhead are moving over Winchester Dam in the North Umpqua River. The viewing station is open to the public. To get there, exit Interstate 5 at exit 129, then go southeast on Highway 99 to the fish ladder on the river's north bank.

Peregrine falcons are now commonly seen on the Umpqua Valley floor, especially near Melrose, Lookinglass, Umpqua and other open areas close to the Umpqua River.

KLAMATH - Bald eagles have been observed daily roosting in a large snag located along Lake Ewauna by Veteran's Park. Viewing opportunities have picked up for other raptors including rough-legged hawks, northern harriers and red-tailed hawks around the basin.

BANDON - Large numbers of hungry brown pelicans remain in the port along docks and rock jetties. Do not feed these birds because it will encourage them not to fly south toward nesting grounds.

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