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North Region Sites

Mica Bay

Nearest Town: Coeur d'Alene
Site Size: 2 miles motor route

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Coeur d’Alene, travel E, US 95 S to mp 421.4 (“Sportsman’s Access” sign); L (E) onto Putnam Rd (curves N) for 0.6 mi; E on Tall Pines Rd for 0.7 mi to T intersection. TWO CHOICES: 1) L on S Tall Pines Rd for 0.2 mi; R into Sportsman’s Access area. 2) R onto Loffs Bay Rd and travel S around the bay; as you round the bay and start up hill, park at a pull-out and trailhead on the L and hike 100 yards to viewing platform.

Description: Red-necked Grebe are present all year and breed in summer. American Redstart are in the cottonwoods off Loffs Bay Rd in June/July. Red-eyed Vireo breed in the cottonwoods as well. Pygmy Nuthatch are found in the ponderosa pine stands. Nesting Bald Eagle and Osprey. Common Loon found in spring and fall. Checklist available at site.

More Information:
BLM (208) 769-5030
Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce 1-877-782-9232

Pygmy Nuthatch
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Red-eyed Vireo
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 25% 25%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 60% 60%
other Graph illustrating 15% 15%

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 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N AM
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y AM
Waterbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Chickadees and TitmouseGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsRails and CootsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTernsTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood WarblersWrens and Dipper


    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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