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Viewing Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Osprey chicks are starting to fledge (leave their nests). Their large-stick nests can be seen on dead trees or electric poles along the Rogue River. Look for nestlings standing on the edge of nests practicing their lift by flapping their wings.

This is breeding and rearing season for pileated woodpeckers. They prefer mature forests and younger forests with large snags and logs.

Pileated woodpeckers are present year-round in the Denman Wildlife Area. It is a large black-and-white bird with a bold, red-feathered crest and distinctive call. You may hear its powerful drumming before you see it.

Carp can be seen spawning in the shallows at Denman Wildlife Area during early mornings.

COOS - Shorebirds are common around local bays at low tide, including large groups of western sandpipers and other small shorebirds, which are sometimes in mixed groups.

Herring, smelt and other bait fish are moving into local bays, drawing predators. Large numbers of gull species and brown pelicans are in the bay pursuing the bait fish. Look for concentrations of the birds diving for fish in Coos Bay, just inside the jetties near Charleston.

DOUGLAS - Gamebird chicks can now be seen throughout the county, including California and mountain quail, blue and ruffed grouse, wild turkey and pheasants. Coveys of California quail are common on the Umpqua Valley floor near blackberry cover and water. Many blue and ruffed grouse and their young are found in mid- to high-elevation forested areas. Wild turkeys and their poults are common throughout the Umpqua Valley on private lands in oak savannah habitat. Pheasants are found in pastures and ranch lands.

Pileated woodpeckers can be seen at Whistlers Bend Park near Roseburg, River Forks Park, a day-use park at the confluence of North and South Umpqua rivers.

Now is a good time to see summer steelhead migrating upstream through the Winchester Dam fish ladder on the North Umpqua River, which is open to the public.

To get there take exit 129 off Interstate 5, then go southeast on Highway 99 to the fish ladder on the north side of the river.