Twelve Reasons Why WC Loves Birding Camas Prairie


Idaho’s pioneers had a failure of imagination when it came to place names. That’s why there are at least three places named “Camas Prairie” in this smallish state.1 But WC is talking about the high rift valley between the Bennett Mountains and the Sawtooths, north of the Snake River Plain. It’s drained by Camas Creek ā€“ see what WC means about place names? ā€“ and it is a birding paradise. There are a wide variety of habitats, including Centennial Marsh, and there’s a grid of gravel farm roads that see little traffic.

WC went to Camas Prairie last Wednesday. Photos were taken, as you might expect. So, in no particular order, here are twelve reasons to bird Camas Prairie.

Mountain Bluebird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Mountain Bluebird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Tanager, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Tanager, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Kingbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Kingbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Tree Swallow, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Tree Swallow, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Wilson's Snipe, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Wilson’s Snipe, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Red-tailed Hawk, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Red-tailed Hawk, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Nest-building Barn Swallow with Mud Daub, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Nest-building Barn Swallow with Mud Daub, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Horned Lark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Horned Lark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Savannah Sparrow, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Savannah Sparrow, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Swainson's Hawk, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Swainson’s Hawk, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Meadowlark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Meadowlark, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Long-billed Curlew in Flight, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Long-billed Curlew in Flight, Camas Prairie, Idaho

 


  1. None of them a “prairie,” either. As far as WC can tell, pretty much any flat spot in Idaho got called a “prairie.” Even a volcano caldera
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