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North Region Sites

Grave Creek/Pine Bar

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Cottonwood, US 95 S; at mp 254.4, R (W) onto Twinhouse Rd (signed for “Weis Rock Shelter”); zero odometer; at 1.4 mi, L (S) on Grave Ck Rd; land on either side of rd is private until you reach the river; bird from Salmon River to Pine Bar Rec Area.

Description: During migration, 2 small ponds at mile 1.9 may have shorebirds and waterfowl. At milepost 2.6 is an old orchard. Just past the curve at mile 3.5, use the large pull-out and look for Cordilleran, Willow and Dusky Flycatchers, Veery, Cassin’s Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, and Spotted Towhee. At mile 3.8 is a tiny marsh covered in brush; listen and look for warblers. At the Weis Rock Shelter (7.2 mi) watch for Yellow-breasted Chat. The confluence of Grave Creek and Rock Creek (7.9 mi) is often good birding. Where Grave Creek joins the Salmon River upstream from Pine Bar Recreation Area look for Common Merganser, Chukar, Lewis’s Woodpecker, and Canyon Wren. White-throated Swift can be seen on cliffs along creek and river.

More Information:
BLM (208) 962-3245
Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce (208) 926-3231

Canyon Wren
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Lewis' Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Yellow-breasted Chat
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater 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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grassland Graph illustrating 10% 10%
other Graph illustrating 20% 20%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 70% 70%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N N N N N N N N N N
Raptors N N N N N N N N N N N N
Shorebirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Target Species for this Site

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    Geese, Swans and DucksGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood 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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