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Southwest Region

Blair Trail Reservoir/Bennett Mountain Road

Nearest Town: Glenn's Ferry
Site Size: 146.5 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #99; 15.5 mi E on Old Oregon Tr Rd; L (NE) onto Bennett Mtn Rd; 5 mi to reservoir; continue N on Bennett Mtn Rd (Little Canyon Creek Road) birding along the way; when you reach US 20 you have TWO CHOICES: 1) L (W) to Little Camas Prairie Reservoir (SW30) and Mountain Home. 2) R (E) Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh and Fairfield (SW 31).

Description: Blair Trail Reservoir is one of the five ephemeral reservoirs that are containments for melt water from the Danskin Mountains. Raptors good year-round. Redtailed Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk can be found during the winter. During the summer, Prairie and Peregrine Falcons and American Kestrel can be seen along with nesting Burrowing Owl. Passerines include Savannah, Lark, Vesper, and Brewer’s Sparrows. The reservoir is good for waterfowl including Northern Shoveler, Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes, Mallard, and scaup. Mountain Quail occurred here historically; recent efforts to re-establish the population have included translocations of birds from other western states.

More Information:
BLM (208) 384-3450
Glenn's Ferry Chamber of Commerce (208)366-7345


Photos
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American Kestrel
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
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Northern Shoveler
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Savannah Sparrow
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo 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
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Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Geese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesOwlsQuailSparrows and allies

    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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