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Viewing Outlook: April 8, 2010

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Canada geese are nesting on platforms and ducks are nesting in new "hen houses" erected for them in the Denman Wildlife Area. Songbirds there are starting to nest.

Doves are abundant and nesting in area backyards, and great blue herons are on their nests. A large heronry can be seen across the Rogue River from the TouVelle State Park picnic area. Foliage will obstruct good viewing there soon.

COOS/CURRY - Recent storms along the Oregon Coast have caused many seabirds, such as pelicans, loons and grebes, to move into local bays, and viewing opportunities are good. Storm conditions also will occasionally make uncommon visitors like red-necked grebes, Clark's grebes or yellow-bellied loons appear in locations where they can be seen. Black brant are also commonly seen now in coastal bays.

DOUGLAS - Early purple martins are showing up at Plat-I Reservoir in Sutherlin and Tenmile Lakes near Lakeside. The best opportunity to view North America's largest swallow is in the early morning when they're flying high above the water capturing insects or checking out nesting cavities.

KLAMATH - Greater sandhill cranes have returned to the Klamath Basin and can be found at Klamath Wildlife Area as well as Langell and Yonna Valleys east of Klamath Falls. Bald eagles have been observed daily using the big 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.

SUMMER LAKE - Nearly all of the Summer Lake Wildlife Area's wetlands are open and ice free during the recent mild temperatures. Cool night time temperatures sometimes results in the formation of thin ice that usually melts by mid-day. Northward migrating and breeding waterbirds continue to appear and increase in number. Many arctic nesting migrants are departing the area at this time and will continue as spring continues.