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Willow Creek Reservoir and Willow Creek Road

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Willow Creek Reservoir and Willow Creek Road

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Heppner is in south-central Morrow County about 70 road miles SW of Pendleton. Heppner can be reached by taking Hwy 207 south from I-84 at Hermiston (42 miles) or by taking I-84 exit 147 and traveling south on Hwy 74 for 45 miles. Another route is south from Biggs on Hwy 97 and then taking Hwy 206 through Condon and on to Heppner (about 100 miles). Heppner can also be reached from Bend via Madras to Antelope to Clarno to Fossil and then on to Condon.


Habitat and Birds

Small towns in Morrow County provide migrants with sought after resting places. Check the Fuller Canyon Road Pond which is off of Fuller Canyon Road on the very NW end of town. Fall, winter, and spring provide opportunities to find rare birds in these locations and their limited size allows for thorough coverage in a short period of time. Few birders visit this area so please publish your findings if you happen to bird in one of these remote locations. In spring and fall, watch for migrant warblers, buntings, sparrows, and other passerines. More common winter species would include Horned Lark, Dark-eyed Junco, and Northern Shrike. Look for Eurasian Collared-Dove in town and watch for hummingbird and seed feeders. American Goldfinch, Rufous Hummingbird, and House Finch are the standard fare but Black-chinned Hummingbird and Pine Siskin can be found occasionally.


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