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Southeast Region

Marsh Creek and Red Rock Pass

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #31 to Downey; follow ID 40 E to US 91; zero odometer at intersection of ID 40/US 91; R (S) on US 91; at mi 3.6, marsh will be on your R (W); bird along hwy or take Downata Rd that borders the marsh’s N end; continue S on US 91 until mi 6.8; L (E) into gravel lot at Red Rock Pass geologic marker; continue S on US 91 and immediately turn R (S) toward Oxford on CR D-1; go 3.1 mi; look for birds near cliffs.

Description: At the Marsh Creek area, you can see large numbers of migrating waterfowl, especially Northern Pintail. Both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans can be seen during migration. Sandhill Crane breed at Marsh Creek, and occasionally American White Pelican can be seen loafing. A Golden Eagle pair nests regularly on the cliffs east of the highway at Red Rock Pass. Watch also for nesting White-throated Swift and Violet-green Swallow on the cliffs. Peregrine Falcon have been seen in the area, though nesting has not been confirmed.

More Information:
ID DOT (208) 239-3300
Downey Chamber of Commerce 208-897-5342

Photo CC by Attribution
Idaho Fish and Game
Golden Eagle
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Tundra Swan
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive 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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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 Y N 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 N N N N AM
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 N N N N 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.

    CranesGeese, Swans and DucksHawks and EaglesPelicans and CormorantSwallowsSwifts


    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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