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Southwest Region

Bear Basin Subloop

Nearest Town: McCall
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Highlights: Raptors, Songbirds, Upland Birds

Access: Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From McCall, ID 55 W ~2.5 mi; R (N) at mp 146.6 onto FR 451 (Bear Basin Rd); zero odometer at mi 0.8 stay R (straight) and enter FS land; mi 1.3 park at pull-out on L (W); walk old rd to explore meadow; continue N on FR 451.

Description: This loop begins a short distance out of McCall. Driving access is limited to snow-free months (generally May through Nov). This area of mixed conifer forest and open meadow is best explored on foot. Look for high numbers of nesting Dark-eyed Junco, Downy, Hairy, and Pileated Woodpeckers, Western Tanager, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Red-tailed Hawk, Mountain Bluebird, and Wilson’s Snipe. Highlights of this area include Williamson’s Sapsucker and Great Gray Owl, which have nested on manmade platforms in the past.

More Information:
USFS (208) 634-0700
McCall Chamber of Commerce (208) 634-7631

Dark-eyed Juncon
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Red-tailed Hawk
Photo Copyright Kathleen Cameron
Williamson's Sapsucker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

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
What do these icons mean?

grassland Graph illustrating 30% 30%
low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 70% 70%

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
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N AM
Upland Birds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Chickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGrouse and TurkeyKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood WarblersWoodpeckers


    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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