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Birding Hotspots - South Hills - Access off Rogerson Road / Shoshone Basin Road


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Accessed from highway 93 near the town of Rogerson or from signed turnoff from Rock Creek Road near Magic Mountain ski area and 18.8 miles from the Foothills road.

South Hills - Access off Rogerson Road / Shoshone Basin Road

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Julie Randall

The Beaver Ghettos

The Beaver Ghettos

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Julie Randall

A series of beaver ponds.

Habitat:

Riparian.

Birds:

Excellent birding for warblers, flycatchers, sparrows and other riparian species.

Directions:

Six miles on Rogerson road from turnoff at Rock Creek Road/Magic Mtn. ski area. Beaver pons on left side of road.

Shoshone Wildlife Ponds

Shoshone Wildlife Ponds

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Julie Randall

Ungrazed high desert wetland with abundant flora and fauna.

Habitat:

High desert wetland.

Birds:

Sora and Virginia Rail, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Yellow Warbler, Willow Flycatcher.

Directions:

Eight miles on Rogerson road from turnoff at Rock Creek Road / Magic Mountain ski area.

Brockman's Hummingbird Feeding Station

Brockman's Hummingbird Feeding Station

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Julie Randall

A local hummingbird lover has filled several feeders here along Shoshone creek for many years. The hummingbird activity is like a swarming bee hive.

Habitat:

Riparian transition zone between subalpine and sagebrush steppe.

Birds:

Calliope, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, and Rufous Hummingbirds. Also warblers, sapsuckers, crossbills, siskins. Watch for raptors as well.

Directions:

Nine miles on Rogerson Road from turnoff at Rock Creek Road / Magic Mountain ski area.

Shoshone Basin Road

Shoshone Basin Road

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Julie Randall

Drive through a sea of sagebrush.

Habitat:

Sagebrush.

Birds:

Raptors, Greater Sage Grouse, Sage Sparrow, abundant Brewer’s sparrows, and Sage Thrasher.

Directions:

From Brockman's Hummingbird Station, continue on the Shoshone Basin Road (FR500) through this sagebrush sea, ending at highway 93. Good gravel road, but BLM or FS maps highly recommended.

 
South Hills Crossbill

South Hills Crossbill

How often do you get to discover a new bird species in the continental United States - let alone in your own backyard? Learn all about the South Hills Crossbill and the challenges faced to have it listed as a new species.

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