From Heppner, go east on Hwy 74 for 16.2 miles and turn right (south) on this road (the birding along this road can produce more Ring-necked Pheasant than you may have ever seen). Follow the creek and bird the riparian areas and the hills. This road goes about 12 miles and eventually hooks up with forest roads in the Umatilla National Forest. Purchase a forest map if you want to explore from here.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Dry canyons, riparian strip, and farmland. Large trees around old homesteads can produce some very good birding. Spring might be the best time to explore this drainage. Look carefully at the dense foliage in large trees and you’ll be rewarded with a peak at a Great Horned Owl. Occasionally, Short-eared Owls can be seen coursing over the hills at dusk or dawn. Western Kingbirds are found here in summer and Say’s Phoebe can be found at virtually every man made structure. Little is known about the birds here so be sure to report your findings if you bird Little Butter Creek Road.