Reeves Mountain Road

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From Union, travel south on Hwy 237 for about 8 miles (check out the big pond at about 7 miles). Telocaset Lane goes 1.8 miles and then crosses the railroad tracks. After the railroad crossing, continue on Telocaset  for 2.5  miles and look for Reeves Mountain Road to the left. Take this road into the mountains for several miles. Check out the pond at (45.087757, -117.706289 ). Reeves Mountain Road will connect to Forest Road 2034 (north of the pond (45.093960, -117.710876 ) which will eventually end at Hwy 203. A forest service map is strongly recommended for this area as there are many side roads and the main track can become somewhat confusing.


Habitat and Birds

Look for mountain species like grouse, Accipiters, Vaux’s Swift, Rufous & Calliope Hummingbirds. Woodpeckers include Hairy, Northern Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy, and Pileated. Red and Whitebreasted Nuthatches are common as are Mountain Chickadees and Brown Creeper. Flycatchers include Dusky, Hammond’s, and “Western” (the distribution of Cordilleran and Pacific-slope Flycatcher is uncertain in Union County). Winter Wrens are here year round and Brown-headed Cowbirds can be found in summer. Western Tanagers, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Western & Mountain Bluebirds are all here. Gray Catbirds are possible in the riparian strips and Yellow-breasted Chats hide in the thickets. Listen for both Cassin’s and Warbling Vireos. Warblers include Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, and a possibility of American Redstart. Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco are here. Blackheaded Grosbeaks and Evening Grosbeaks can be found along with Cassin’s Finches and Lazuli Bunting. Watch for flocks of Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills.