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Viewing Outlook: April 1, 2010

JACKSON - Great blue herons are in their roosts now. A good heronry to see is across the Rogue River from the TouVelle State Park picnic area off Table Rock Road. Turkey vultures are getting more and more common. Watch for them riding air currents skyward. Red-tail hawks continue to work the fields and orchards along the northern stretch of Foothill Road.Waterfowl and songbirds are nesting, so clean out and refresh nesting structures. The Whetstone Pond area remains an excellent place to spot numerous waterfowl and raptors.

COOS - Black brant are coastal geese now migrating to nesting areas above the Arctic Circle. They often appear in Coos Bay when spring-like weather starts on the coast. You can see these birds are being seen in large numbers along the Cape Arago Highway and Shell Island in Coos Bay.

CURRY - Amphibians are on the move this month. Watch for rough-skinned newts, Pacific giant salamanders and red-legged frogs crossing fields, lawns, roads and paths toward ponds and other still bodies of water to lay their eggs.

COQUILLE - Large numbers of waterfowl are apparent in the Coquille Valley. Keep an eye out for northern pintail, American widgeon, mallards and others.

DOUGLAS - Winter steelhead and some spring chinook are moving over Winchester Dam into 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 at the river's north bank.

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

KLAMATH - The Link River offers great viewing for common merganser, buffllehead, common goldeneye, and lesser scaup.

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 like they should.