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Viewing Outlook

CURRY - Harbor seals can be observed in estuaries throughout the South Coast. Look for sandy haul-out sites. Remember, spring is puping season so please observe these animals from a distance. If you find pups on the beach, leave them where you found them — mother knows where they are.

Ospreys are actively fishing the Rogue estuary.

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Common nighthawks are starting to show up after their migration from South America.

Turkey vultures are becoming very common now that more birds have reached the area after spending the winter in warmer environs. Large groups of vultures can be seen riding air currents during windy days.

COOS - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report recently of American white pelicans in Coos Bay. While not uncommon in places such as Klamath Lake, they are uncommon visitors to the coast. They are larger than the brown pelicans most common on the coast. Other interesting species to watch for along the coast now are godwits and curlews, large shore birds that visit mud flats and beaches.

DOUGLAS - Bullock's orioles have now arrived and are commonly seen and heard around the Umpqua Valley. Look for their colorful orange and black bodies that are about 8 inches long. The Bullock's oriole, the only oriole in Western Oregon, is found nesting in woodlands, orchards, riparian areas and farmland in tall shade trees like cottonwoods.

Those who put up oriole feeders are reminded that the best food is similar to that of hummingbirds — a ratio of four parts water to 1 part sugar. However, always make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the solution before hanging.