Bird Watching


The Snake River Canyons Park has over 140 species of birds that use the park during different times of the year. Walking the Nellis-Irwin Trail at Yingst Grade Road or exploring the overlooks around the Hansen Bridge to the east, you can see the many different habits the Park offers for the birds. Raptors love the canyon walls that edge the Snake River. Ducks like the water in the river and in Vineyard Lake. Meadowlarks and goldfinches can be found on the grassy areas on the top, while robins like the waterfalls on the Nellis-Irwin Trail. 

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Birds in the Area:

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-Winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Am. Wigeon
Common Merganser
Calif. Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe
Rock Pigeon
E. Collored Dove
Mourning Dove
White-throated Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Double-Crested Cormorant
A. Whte Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
A. Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Western Kingbird
Western Wood-Pewee
Dusky Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Dipper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Townsend’s Solitaire
Hemit Thrush
E. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
Americn Pipet
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
A. Goldfinch
Lark Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Bullock’s Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
MacGillvray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Lazuli Bunting