Christmas Valley Raptors

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Duncan Reservoir

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Summer Lake Wildlife Area

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Glass Butte

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Sycan Marsh

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East Bay Campground (Thompson Reservoir)

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Silver Lake

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Silver Creek Marsh Campground

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Cabin Lake

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Picture Rock Pass

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Paulina Marsh

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Fremont Point (Winter Rim)

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Seasons

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Location

From Fort Rock, travel east on County Road 5-10/Fort Rock Road for 5.7 miles. Turn right (south) to remain on County Road 5-10/Fort Rock Road (going straight here on County Road 5-12 is an option. You will end up in the same location and it’s only 4 minutes longer). Travel 10.2 miles and turn left (east) on County Road 5-14/Christmas Valley Road. Go 11.5 miles to Christmas Valley. You can take Old Lake Road south from here for 15 miles to Hwy 31 and then on to Summer Lake.

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Habitat and Birds

This is mainly a raptor route as it winds through farmland. Golden Eagle, Swainson’s Hawk (Summer), Rough-legged Hawk (winter) and Prairie Falcon are joined by the more common raptors. Don’t close your eyes to other birding possibilities. There is plenty of sage habitat along this route so look for Brewer’s Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow and Sage Thrasher along your route. Horned Larks can be plentiful and you might get lucky and come upon Sage Grouse.

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