Livermore Road is just north of Basket Slough NWR. Take 99W north out of Rickreall for three miles to Smithfield Road. Take Smithfield west for 2.4 miles to Livermore Road. Livermore runs about four miles to the north and hooks up with Bethel Road. You can take Bethel east to Hwy 99W. This is open farmland mostly. Start by checking out the trees and shrubs around the abandoned barn at the corner of Smithfield and Livermore. There are several good blackberry patches and fence rows. Sparrow watching can be pretty productive in winter here.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Click on Willamette Valley Birding Trails. Choose the Yamhill Loop and see site # Y-2. This area has some of the same birds as Baskett Slough although there is far less water here. Beyond the abundant waterfowl in the farm fields and sparrows in the hedgerows, this area can produce some unusual species. Some of these include Ring-necked Pheasant, Accipiters, Red-shouldered Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, shorebirds, Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark, Golden Eagle and Short-eared Owl. Rare birds that have been seen along this road include Burrowing Owl, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Gyrfalcon, Tree Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, and Harris’s Sparrow.