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Viewing Outlook

JACKSON - Bats can be seen foraging for insects from dusk to well after dark. Look off toward the lighted horizon to see their erratic and uneven flight. Some of the common species that can be observed are Big Brown Bats, Brazilian Free-tailed Bats and several species of smaller bats.

The various trails within the Denman Wildlife Area offer good opportunities to see bird species that dwell among the buck brush and berry patches there. Young deer are present and commonly seen now along the upper Rogue River by rafters drifting during the evening.

KLAMATH - White-faced ibis can be seen foraging in flooded pastures south of Klamath Falls. Ibis are colonial nesters using bull rush and cattails to make a platform to build their nests.

Owl species, including great-horned, barn, screech and short-eared owls, can be observed just after dark around agricultural and foothill areas as they start hunting for rodents, snakes and other small prey.

COOS BAY - The lack of heavy north winds along the coast has resulted in water temperature near shore being higher than normal. This often brings pelagic sea birds like albatross, petrels and storm-petrels closer to shore where viewing them is easier. Several Charleston charterboats offer pelagic bird-watching trips now.

DOUGLAS - The acorn woodpecker is a colorful, medium-sized, black-and-white, clown-faced woodpecker with a red crown sought after by birders for their lifetime bird list. This highly social woodpecker is commonly seen with young this time of the year in the lower elevations of Douglas County in pine-oak woodlands where oak trees are abundant.