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East Central Region

Morgan Creek-Panther Creek Subloop

Nearest Town: Challis/Salmon/North Fork
Site Size: 66 miles

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

Access: Year-round. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: Fill up with gas in Salmon or Challis before you begin. Between Salmon and Challis, at mp 254.8 turn W onto Morgan Creek Rd (FR 055); 20 mi to summit (7578 ft); descend along Panther Creek to confluence with Salmon River; R (E) on FR 030 for 28 mi to North Fork and US 93.

Description: In the riparian areas look for Lewis’s Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Western Wood-Pewee, Yellow, MacGillivray’s, and Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-headed Grosbeak, Veery, Lazuli Bunting, and Fox Sparrow. In surrounding cliffs and canyons, listen and watch for Canyon Wren and Chukar. Look for Greater Sage-Grouse, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Meadowlark, and Brewer’s and Vesper Sparrows in the sagebrush bench lands. In forested habitats, watch for Blue Grouse, Chipping Sparrow, American Three-toed, Pileated, and Hairy Woodpeckers, Great Gray Owl, Northern Goshawk, Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Western Tanager, and Red Crossbill. Look for American Kestrel, Golden Eagle, and Prairie Falcon.

More Information:
USFS (208) 879-4100
Challis Chamber of Commerce (208) 879-2771

American Kestrel
Photo Copyright Zach Smith
Sage Thrasher
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Vesper Sparrow
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/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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high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 45% 45%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 25% 25%

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 Y Y N N
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Upland Birds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Waterfowl N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Blackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseFinches and alliesGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesNuthatches and CreeperOwlsSparrows and alliesTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant 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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