Perkins Peninsula Park
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The riparian woodland, oak woodland, and open park on this small peninsula act as a 'migrant trap' in springtime, with neotropical songbirds stopping on its northern tip. Along with nesting Yellow Warbler, in April and May look high up in the oaks and maples for practically all regular migrant warblers. Also check along the W shore for nesting Clark's Grebe along with more common Western Grebe; with luck you might see a pair in courtship. In winter, check blackberry brambles for large sparrow flocks; this is a good spot for Swamp Sparrow. Also scan for Bald Eagle, Osprey, Lesser Scaup, Canvasback and Bufflehead. Canoe rentals are available in July and August. The reservoir is drained in fall starting Oct 1 and is very muddy through February. Restrooms are closed in winter.
From downtown Eugene go W 11 mi on Hwy 126 and turn R into park entrance. Seasonally, there is a $3 entrance fee. In winter, park outside the closed gate and walk in.