Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Waterfowl of Fishhawk Lake

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There are many types of waterfowl in the coastal range of Oregon that visit Fishhawk Lake during the winter seasons. We always get Canadian Geese in plentiful numbers. We have one goose (not Canadian) who stays here all year and she waits religiously for the rest of the clan to arrive.

Fishhawk Lake Goose-Gayle Rich-Boxman All Rights Reserved


They are what I would call “snowbirds” coming south to the warmer temperatures from about November through March or later at Fishhawk Lake around the same time that the yearly salmon spawning takes place at Fishhawk Lake. We must be their Arizona or Florida!

Canadian Geese Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyright All Rights Reserved 2013


We’ve had Mergansers, Buffleheads, Kingfishers,Kingfisher-Darlene Geyer

 majestic Bald Eagles, Mallards, Cormorants and of course our resident Osprey or the namesake of our Lake, “Fishhawks”.









Bald Eagle on Fishhawk Lake-Gayle Rich-Boxman All Rights Reserved 2012





There is one bird whose name escaped me. It comes and hangs out with the Canadian Geese and stands on the bank or follows them around the lake. So, I did some checking online and found them: Coots!!

Coots Oregon Birds-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2013

(Sorry it's not as clear as I'd like)

Now, we have some Old Coots that are at Fishhawk Lake, but they don't fly and they usually are here all year 'round. I have pictures of them, too, but it's best not to give them away. I'll let you come out and visit us at Fishhawk Lake and discover them for yourselves!


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-Maybe your snowbirds is where the term came from for people that head south in the winters. Love the pics. 


Jan 19, 2013 01:03 AM #1
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Wow, great shot of the bald eagle fishing!

I have always liked kingfishers too, but they are very rare around here.

Jan 19, 2013 01:20 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your snowbirds, I have always liked the coloring of the Canada geese.  They seemed to be everywhere we looked when we lived in is too warm for them here, except for the last three weeks they would have been happy here.  Have a great weekend.  A

Jan 19, 2013 01:46 AM #3
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Gayle ...It is always relaxing to stop by and read your post! Great one as always! Have a great night in OR!

Jan 19, 2013 06:17 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

So that's what a Coot looks like.  I had a Great Aunt, who called her husband an "Old Coot."  Now, I can put the face and beak to the name:-)

Jan 19, 2013 07:06 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gayle- we have some coots here now.  They tend to leave but they're back every year.  We have snowbirds as well, but they're the 2 legged variety. 


Jan 19, 2013 07:11 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, that's what I was thinking after I wrote that!

Than, I had such a small window of opportunity to catch that bald eagle and I wished it could have been crisper. Oh well, I was happy to get a few shots of him none-the-less. I thnk my Fishhawk Lake friend got a terrific pic of the Kingfisher.

Alexandra, I have several shots of these beauties, but I happened to be shooting for a new listing and they were all standing around til I got too close (to them and the coots) and they took off, so I just moved with them, not sure if would come out blurry or not. I love their sounds, too.

Rob, that is truly one of the greatest compliments you could give me--thank you SO much!

Mryl, oh how you made me smile!!

Kathy, this two-legged future snowbird will make her way down to FLA once we retire...Homosassa Springs--it's where Mom rests her weary bones in the winter--


Jan 19, 2013 09:22 AM #7
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gayle,

Some of your bird photographs are almost magical. I still have a little bit of a challenge of comprehending that they think Oregon is warmer compared to where they come from.  I suppose the would bake in South Texas. 

Stay warm

Jan 19, 2013 01:41 PM #8
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Gayle,

I do not think I have ever seen a coot before. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 19, 2013 02:33 PM #9
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

These pictures are stunning as always but I especially love the birds in flight pictures - just beautiful!

Jan 20, 2013 12:24 AM #10
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sondra, having been in Canada around New Year's, and beyond, I would definitely think we are much warmer! I think there was a documentary done years ago, called Migration (I'm guessing here) and it was fascinating as the cameras were right there with the birds flying and it explained the leadership of a flight of geese and how it would change periodically. It was sad at times, too, when birds would be left for whatever reason. My heart goes out the first goose who has been here for many years, and used to be part of another pair who disappeared one year.

Kristin, there are old coots everywhere, but the they're four legged!

Debbie, that was such a simple shot, but I wasn't sure how clear it would be because I had my camera on a different speed than I would normally use for birds. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2013 01:50 AM #11
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