Viewing Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Ospreys and great blue herons are actively fishing along the upper Rogue River corridor and around most local reservoirs.

Shed-antler hunting for both black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk antlers remains fair but soon will be difficult with the spring green-up in full gear. Look for public winter-range access at places off Obenchain Road and Salt Creek.

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

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

CURRY - Brown pelicans can be seen on the Oregon Coast flying in a single line as if they are playing follow-the-leader.

COOS - Sea ducks like surf scoters and black scoters are now in Coos Bay, and they can be seen diving along the shoreline to capture mollusks. Also, loons and several species of grebes are present.

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