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Granite Hill Road

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Merlin Rest Area (AKA Manzanita Rest Area)

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Cathedral Hills Park and Hiking Trails

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Fish Hatchery Park and Bolt Mt. Trail

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Pierce Riffle Park

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Grants Pass Riverside Park

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Tom Pearce Park

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Travel south out of Grants Pass on Hwy 238 for about 12 miles and look for Watergap Road on the right immediately after a big, sweeping left turn in 238. Take Watergap for about 2.2 miles and look for a green and white “Pacifica” sign after a wooded area.

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Habitat and Birds

This area has open water, riparian areas, grasslands, oak savannah and woodlands, and mixed conifer forest. Good birds seen in this area include Bufflehead, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, Wilson’s Snipe, Barn Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Acorn Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Mt. Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, California Towhee, Wrentit, Savannah Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch. Other birds seen here on occasion (but probably not to be expected) include Clark’s Grebe, Green Heron, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Mountain Quail, Lesser Yellowlegs, Barn Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Pygmy Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Pipit, Wrentit, Yellow-breasted Chat, Townsend’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, and Evening Grosbeak. Source: OFO Publication No. 19, Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley, Massey & Vroman.