Fern Ridge Reservoir – Kirk Park

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Seasons

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Fall

Location

Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/ Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail. Click on the “trail guide” and choose the Fern Ridge Loop Guide. Section F-10.

Additional information can be found at the following link. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/fern_ridge_wildlife_area/bird_watching.asp

 

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Habitat and Birds

A walk through the picnic area can be productive for passerines, especially during migration and in winter. Gulls congregate at the dam’s outflow during non-breeding seasons. At times, egrets use the trees northeast of the parking lot as a roosting site. After major coastal storms, the view of the lake from the dam area across the road may yield sightings of such species as jaegers or storm-petrels blown inland by high winds. The park is gated off during the winter but parking is still available. A Falcated Duck was found here in 2004. Check the wigeon flocks for Eurasian Wigeon.

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