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Southeast Region

Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

Nearest Town: Swan Lake
Site Size: 1878 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Private. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #36; S on US 91 through Downey; in Swan Lake, zero odometer; continue S on US 91; in 3 mi, R (S) on Coulam Rd (4000 W); mi 6.5 R (W) on 7200 N; mi 7 curve L (S) on 4200 W; L (E) at mi 8.8; follow “Sportsman’s Access” signs to W side of Twin Lakes Reservoir; return to 4200 W; L (S) for 0.2 mi; R (W) on 5600 N; go 1.8 mi; R on West Side Hwy; go 4.2 mi to Oxford; R (E) on N St for 0.2 mi; L (N) on Harkness St; go 0.5 mi; R (E) and follow rd 2.8 mi back to Coulam Rd. See site SE24.

Description: Highlights: Snowy and Cattle Egrets and White-faced Ibis. Large colony of nesting White-faced Ibis and Franklin’s Gull can be found here. Several heron, egret, and tern species also nest within this colony. Northern Harrier and Long-billed Curlew also nest at this site. Large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds including breeding American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt. In the fall, this can be an excellent staging area for waterfowl and Sandhill Crane.

More Information:
USFWS (208) 237-6615
Preston Chamber of Commerce, (208) 852-2124
www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=14615


Photos
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Franklin's Gulls
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Long-billed Curlew
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
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Great Egret
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
grassland Graph illustrating 25% 25%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 75% 75%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesCranesGeese, Swans and DucksJaegers and GullsLoonShorebirdsTernsWrens and Dipper

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


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