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Southwest Region

Black's Creek Subloop

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

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

Site Location

Directions: E of Boise on I-84 Exit #64; zero odometer; E on Blacks Ck Rd 6.4 mi to fork in rd; L (NE) on Blacks Ck Rd to Three Point Mountain pass at mi 14.8; descend on Blacks Ck Rd (FS 189) along Wood Ck to Willow Ck Trailhead at mi 18.2; continue to the town of Prairie; S on FR 121 to Danskin Bridge and continue S to Cow Ck River Access; turn L (SE) and continue on FR 121 to Anderson Ranch Reservoir; turn R (S) to cross dam and continue S to US 20 via Anderson Dam Rd.

Description: All land from I-84 to the top of the pass is private and traffic is fast. Please bird from road and be careful when driving slow. Bluebird boxes will appear on the fence posts as you ascend the pass. Once at the top of the pass, land is public. Drop down along Wood Creek. While the trailheads and trails provide only moderate birding opportunities, riparian zones between the trailheads are good for nesting warblers. Check high slopes for Lewis’s Woodpecker and nesting Red-tailed Hawk. Eventually you get to the town of Prairie on the main plateau and again all land is private and fenced. Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Western Wood-Pewee, Sandhill Crane, American Dipper, Sage Thrasher, Bobolink, Vaux’s Swift, Brewer’s and Chipping Sparrows, hummingbirds, and swallows can all be found.

More Information:
USFS (208) 587-7961
Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce (208) 587-4334

Chipping Sparrow
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Sage Thrasher
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Western Wood Pewee
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo 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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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
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
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 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.

    Blackbirds and alliesCranesHummingbirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWrens 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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