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Southwest Region

Murphy to Silver City Subloop

Nearest Town: Murphy
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Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: 4x4 vehicles recommended. Open late May - October 31. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: Follow directions and map from site SW14; S on ID 45 to Walters Ferry; cross Snake River and continue S on ID 78 to Murphy; 4.7 mi S of Murphy, at mp 34.1, turn R (SW) onto Silver City Rd.

Description: This 23-mile route takes you on a graveled road to the historic mining town of Silver City. Excellent spring and summer birding can be found along the way. Green-tailed Towhee are common in Silver City. Broad-tailed, Calliope, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds can be seen during early and late summer as well as Rufous Hummingbird during migration. A good place to visit is the cemetery just south of town for birds such as nesting Red-naped Sapsucker, Mountain Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Warbling Vireo, and Black-throated Gray Warbler.

More Information:
BLM (208) 384-3300
Kuna Chamber of Commerce (208) 922-9254
www.historicsilvercity.com


Photos
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Black-chinned Hummingbrid
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Green-tailed Towhee
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
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Northern Flicker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo 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
low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 20% 20%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 80% 80%

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

    Chickadees and TitmouseHummingbirdsSparrows and alliesThrushesVireosWood WarblersWoodpeckers

    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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