What's the Name of That Bird?
Water Birds seen on the Lakes and Shores of Island Lakes Condominiums
Written in 2012 by Charlene Simpson, ILC Resident
Getting to know the birds at Island Lakes enriches our experience as residents. Learning about the natural history of our area contributes to our sense of place.
Some bird visitors to Island Lakes are year round residents of the Willamette Valley. Food is plentiful and they enjoy mild winters compared with other places. Life is good, so they stay. Others are migratory and have a calling to travel. They stop at our lakes to rest and feed before resuming their journey. These birds appear only during certain seasons.
The most common birds on our lakes are the Canada goose and the Mallard duck. Both have adapted to human presence. We co-exist with geese and ducks at Island Lakes. It is our responsibility to let them be wild. DO NOT FEED the geese and ducks!
GRAZERS, SKIMMERS, AND DABBLERS
FISHING BIRDS FROM A PERCH
- Photos provided by Charlene Simpson, ILC Resident
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