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North Region Sites

Coyote Grade

Nearest Town: Lapwei or Lewiston
Site Size: 7 miles

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

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

Site Location

Directions: From Lewiston, drive E on US 12/95 for 7.5 mi; stay on US 12 toward Orofino (if you cross the Clearwater River, you have gone the wrong way!); 0.5 mi past the underpass, turn L (N) at mp 11.1 onto graveled Coyote Gulch Rd (Nez Perce CR 170); bird from the rd for 3-6 mi; surrounding land is private.

Description: Highlights here include Willow Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, and Veery. Rock Wren in the grassland areas (with rock out-croppings); Canyon Wren and Horned Lark sometimes near the quarry. This is a reliable spot for Bewick’s Wren. During spring migration, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Western Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak can be seen. Spring and summer bring Grasshopper Sparrow, California Quail, owls, Lazuli Bunting, Spotted Towhee, and MacGillivray’s Warbler. In fall, look for Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows. In winter, watch for Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Northern Shrike.

More Information:
Nez Perce County (208) 799-3062
Lewiston Chamber of Commerce 1-800-473-3543

Gray Catbird
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Spotted Towhee
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
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?

agriculture Graph illustrating 70% 70%
grassland Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 10% 10%

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
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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 TitmouseGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkOwlsQuailShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens 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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