Prairie City lies 13 miles east of John Day on Hwy 26.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Highway 26 between John Day and Prairie City is excellent for hawks and Bald Eagles during the winter. Check the gravel/sand pit north of the highway just west of Pine Creek Road for Bank Swallows (44.433901, -118.831142). Virginia Rails can often be found in a small marsh on the south side of the highway east of Indian Creek Road and the crossing over the river (44.444755, -118.794117). About 2 miles east of Prairie City, turn right onto North River Road. Check the fields for Bobolink, especially 3-4 miles from Highway 26 (44.438808, -118.620107). Wild Turkeys, sparrows and raptors are other finds.