Snake River Homestead Road

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From Richland, take Hwy 86 NW for 28 miles to the Snake River. Bird the area just north of the junction between Hwy 86 and the BrownleeOxbow Hwy (Hwy 71). This is the tiny town of Copperfield. Then proceed north on Homestead Road for 6.5 miles. At this point, the road forks. You can take the right fork (closest to the river) and continue north along the river before the road runs out after another 2 miles or you can take the left fork and follow it 4 miles to a “T” in the road at the edge of the forest. The Baker-Wallowa county line is only about 100 yards north of this junction.


Habitat and Birds

Birds you might expect to see along this stretch would include Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, a dozen other duck species, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Vaux’s and White-throated Swift, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-eyed Vireo, Horned Lark, swallows, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, migrating warblers, Lazuli Bunting, and Bullock’s Oriole.