More Hawks Go Fishing In Mirror Pond

 Vandevert is firm

Ospreys flit happily over water, unaware of condemnation

Apparently ignoring the edict of Dr. J.C. Vandevert, state game commissioner, who has sentenced all ospreys on the Deschutes river here to death, two more fish hawks were wheeling and darting over the mirror pond in Bend today. When announcement was made of the game commissioner’s plans for exterminating the hawks yesterday only two were known to be fishing in the river here.

Dr. Vandevert remained firm in his purpose to have the ospreys killed, in spite of the protest of the Oregon Audubon society, voiced yesterday by President W.A. Elliott. Just when the sentence of death will be carried out, Dr. Vandevert did not say.

Corrects Report

“There is one thing I would like to correct,” Dr. Vandevert said today. “Yesterday The Bulletin quoted me as having said that the fish hawks were killing ducks. What I said was that it had been reported to me by several Bend sportsmen that the hawks have been molesting the ducks, and I have never claimed to know.

“I do know, however, that they are killing fish- the sate’s fish. The game commission is determined to protect the fish that it plants in the rivers and lakes. That is why we are going to have the ospreys killed.”

Dr. Vandevert declared his belief that the fish hawks are feeding on trout, rather than white fish, was due to observation of the habits of the birds. They do not dive very far under the water, he explained, apparently waiting until a fish rises for a fly or other insect and then pouncing on the fish as it reaches the surface of the water. White fish, he pointed out, are usually found on the bottom of the river, in deep water, which would indicate that the birds are after trout, not white fish.

Three Laws Ignored

Dr. Vandevert’s decision to have the ospreys executed was made in the face of three sets of laws which would forbid the destruction of the birds. One is the Oregon law which makes every incorporated city a bird refuge, with not even game birds legal prey at any time. The second is that part of the Oregon code which protects the osprey, among other birds not listed as game birds or “outlaws”, at all times and places. The third is the Bend ordinance which prohibits the use of firearms within the city limits, under heavy penalty.

Dr. Vandevert believes that the right of the game commission to protect game fish carries with it the right to kill ospreys if the molest game fish, he indicated.

“Another thing I would like to have known in connection with this matter is that I have arranged to have 25,000 trout planted in the Descutes at Bend,” Dr. Vandevert declared today. “If those fish can’t be protected against fish hawks, king-fishers and fish ducks, I certainly won’t allow them to be planted here. And I believe most of the sportsmen will back me up in that stand.”

Pelicans Are Cited

The contention of those who have been seeking to have the ospreys protected is that the osprey is just as much a part of the wild life of Oregon as the rainbow trout. The argument has been advanced that a great many Bend citizens do not fish, but are more interested in observing wild life on the mirror pond than catching trout. These people, it has been argued, are entitled to consideration, just as the sportsmen are.

Supporters of this viewpoint have frequently mentioned the case of the white pelicans of the Klamath lakes. These birds, recognized as fish eaters, have been given strict protection by the residents of Klamath Falls, with the result that Klamath Falls has become famous as the city of the Pelicans. The same situation, it is stated, applies on Bend’s mirror pond and includes not only swans, wild ducks, white mallards, and geese, but also the ospreys, king-fishers and fish ducks which have shared in the interest of the community.


Source: Bend Bulletin

Fourteen Ducks Added To Bend’s Population

Mama Mallards Proud But Calm; City Places Ban on Motor Boats in River Here

Life on Bend’s “mirror pond,” home of swans and ducks, was not all routine today. Fourteen tiny ducks, very much resembling brown spiders as they dart over the calm stream, have made their appearance on the pond and considerable excitement reigns amoung the older birds. However, two very dignified and proud mallards are swimming about the river, showing themselves at the edge of lawns. They are the mothers of the 14 little ducks and appear to be the least excited of all the birds in the pond.

The 14 ducks, in batches of 8 and 6, were hatched yesterday, according to information from Clyde M. McKay. Early this morning, the downy flotilla, escorted by two mallards, was in action, swimming around the river. The tiny birds were also accepting food today. All 14 are experienced navigators and can swim nearly as fast as their mothers.

Unlike their mothers, the ducklings are not always calm. Should some inquisitive birds fly over the pond and make a “landing” near the flotilla, the little ducks rush for their mothers and crawl on their backs. McKay is at a loss to know how the tiny birds manage to get aboard, but he knows they do without apparent difficulty. Once aboard, the mother ducks swim away with their cargo and all is calm.

It is expected that several dozen additional ducklings will make their appearance on the “mirror pond” in the next week or so.

Boat Ban Imposed

Ducks living on the Deschutes river in Bend will not be disturbed by motor boats in the future, it was decided by the city commission last night. The commission passed an ordinance forbidding the operation of gasoline or steam powered boats on the river with the city limits.

The ordinance was prepared after the Bend Kiwanis club had passed a resolution opposing use of motorboats on the river here during the nesting season of ducks.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Memory Short On Duck Dates

Some of tho ranchers on Crooked river have apparently forgotten that there Is any end to the open season on ducks, is the Impression which Federal Game Warden George Tonkin has gained following Investigations of game law violations In Central Oregon. At any rate there Is going to be at least one federal case from that section, Tonkin says. One rancher admitted to Tonkin that he had failed to keep any track of closing dates, and that the ducks had suffered in consequence. There have been other violations of a like nature, Tonkin believes.

That the Hungarian partridge would bo the best game bird to use in stocking Central Oregon to relieve the sage hen from threatened extermination was Tonkin’s advice when asked on this point. Lack of water in tho winter and the attacks of hawks make it difficult for the Chinese pheasant to survive In this country, he said. The Hungarian partridge Is one of the most hardy game birds known, with tho exception of the sage hen. Tonkin’s observations have taught him.

Another movement started by local sportsmen–for the creation of sage hen preserves–Tonkin considered might be of uncertain merit. The government has had but little success with its game bird preserves, he said.

Baby swan are to be brought to Bend this spring on authorization of State Game Commissioner M. A. Lynch, and will learn to regard the quiet stretch of the Deschutes above tho Bend Water, Light & Power Co. dam as their home, the federal game warden predicts. They will be taken at Summer lake.

Tonkin met Tuesday with a number of Bend sportsmen for a discussion of game conservation questions.

Source: Bend Bulletin