Bird Checklists of the United States

City of Rocks National Reserve

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Almo, Idaho


Welcome to City of Rocks National Reserve, a 14,407-acre historic and geologic wonder nestled in Idaho's Albion Mountains. About 156 bird species occur annually within the range covered by this checklist. The range includes an area south of the Almo-Elba Divide (including Cache Peak), north of the Utah state line, east of Junction Valley Road, and west of the Jim Sage Mountain crest.

Birding hotspots within this range include: Indian Grove, Circle Creek, and aspen groves near Window Rock and Bath Rock. Some birds such as White-throated Swift and Virginia's Warbler are rarely found outside the reserve within the range of this checklist, while others such as Sandhill Crane, Bank Swallow, and House Sparrow are rarely found within the Reserve. For the greatest diversity of sightings, include the following habitats in your search: Pinyon-Juniper-Mahogany forest, Aspen-Riparian area, sagebrush flat, and spruce-fir-pine forest above 7,000 feet.

Rare sightings can be reported at the Reserve headquarters located in Almo, P.O. Box 169 Almo, ID 83312; (208) 824-5519. Help us keep the list current!

Principle contributors include: Charles Trost, Michael Britten, Wallace Keck, Rick Taylor, Ryan Peck, and Don Simons. Publish date: April, 1997.


The following symbols are used to indicate the local status of all species listed:

C = COMMON (almost always seen)
F = FAIRLY COMMON (regularly seen, usually in small numbers)
U = UNCOMMON (difficult to find, often overlooked)
R = RARE (few sightings on record)
X = EXPECTED (no confirmation)

Sp = SPRING
S = SUMMER
F = FALL
W = WINTER


PELICAN TO WIGEON                      SP     S     F     W

___ American White Pelican              R     -     -     -
___ Great Blue Heron                    R     -     -     - 
___ Canada Goose                        R     -     -     -
___ Green-winged Teal                   R     -     -     -
___ Mallard                             U     U     U     -
___ Cinnamon Teal                       U     X     -     -
___ Northern Shoveler                   R     -     -     -
___ Gadwall                             R     -     -     -
___ American Wigeon                     R     -     -     -

VULTURE TO FALCONS SP S F W ___ Turkey Vulture F C F - ___ Bald Eagle U - U U ___ Northern Harrier F F F F ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk U U X X ___ Cooper's Hawk U U X X ___ Northern Goshawk U U X X ___ Swainson's Hawk F F U - ___ Red-tailed Hawk C C C F ___ Ferruginous Hawk R R R R ___ Rough-legged Hawk U - U F ___ Golden Eagle U U U U ___ American Kestrel C C C C ___ Prairie Falcon U U U U
PARTRIDGE TO QUAIL SP S F W ___ Gray Partridge U U U U ___ Ring-necked Pheasant F F F F ___ Blue Grouse U U U U ___ Ruffed Grouse X R X X ___ Sage Grouse U U U U ___ Wild Turkey U U U U ___ California Quail R R X X
RAILS TO GULLS SP S F W ___ Virginia Rail R - - - ___ Sora R - - - ___ American Coot R - - - ___ Sandhill Crane U U - - ___ Killdeer F F - - ___ Spotted Sandpiper R R - - ___ Long-billed Curlew U U - - ___ Common Snipe U F U - ___ Wilson's Phalarope U U - - ___ Ring-billed Gull R R - - ___ California Gull R R - -
DOVES TO OWLS SP S F W ___ Rock Dove C C C C ___ Mourning Dove C C C U ___ Western Screech-Owl U U U U ___ Great Horned Owl F F F F ___ Burrowing Owl U U U U ___ Long-eared Owl X X X X ___ Short-eared Owl X X X X ___ Northern Saw-whet Owl X X X R ___ Northern Pygmy-Owl X X X R
NIGHTHAWK TO HUMMINGBIRDS SP S F W ___ Common Nighthawk F F - - ___ Common Poorwill F F - - ___ White-throated Swift F F - - ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird F F - - ___ Calliope Hummingbird R R - - ___ Broad-tailed Hummingbird U U - -
KINGFISHER TO WOODPECKERS SP S F W ___ Belted Kingfisher U U U U ___ Red-naped Sapsucker F F - - ___ Downy Woodpecker F F F F ___ Hairy Woodpecker F F F F ___ Northern Flicker C C C C
FLYCATCHERS SP S F W ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher X X - - ___ Western Wood-Pewee F F - - ___ Willow Flycatcher U U - - ___ Hammond's Flycatcher U U - - ___ Dusky Flycatcher U U - - ___ Gray Flycatcher F F - - ___ Cordilleran Flycatcher U U - - ___ Say's Phoebe U U R - ___ Ash-throated Flycatcher R R R - ___ Western Kingbird U F - - ___ Eastern Kingbird U U - -
LARK TO SWALLOWS SP S F W ___ Horned Lark C C C C ___ Tree Swallow U U - - ___ Violet-green Swallow C C F - ___ N. Rough-winged Swallow C C C - ___ Bank Swallow F F - - ___ Cliff Swallow C C - - ___ Barn Swallow F F - -
CORVIDS SP S F W ___ Steller's Jay U U U U ___ Western Scrub Jay F F F F ___ Pinyon Jay U U U U ___ Clark's Nutcracker C C C C ___ Black-billed Magpie C C C C ___ American Crow X X R R ___ Common Raven C C C C
CHICKADEES TO GNATCATCHER SP S F W ___ Black-capped Chickadee F F F F ___ Mountain Chickadee C C C C ___ Plain Titmouse X R X X ___ Bushtit U U U X ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch F F F F ___ White-breasted Nuthatch R R R R ___ Brown Creeper U U U U ___ Rock Wren F F U R ___ Canyon Wren X R X R ___ House Wren C C U - ___ Winter Wren - - - R ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet F F F F ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet F F F F ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher R R - -
THRUSHES TO STARLING SP S F W ___ Mountain Bluebird C C F U ___ Townsend's Solitaire F F F F ___ Swainson's Thrush U U - - ___ Hermit Thrush F F - - ___ American Robin C C C C ___ Sage Thrasher F C F - ___ Bohemian Waxwing - - - R ___ Cedar Waxwing F U U U ___ Northern Shrike - - - U ___ Loggerhead Shrike U U X X ___ European Starling C C C C
VIREOS & WARBLERS SP S F W ___ Solitary Vireo U U - - ___ Warbling Vireo U U - - ___ Orange-crowned Warbler F F - - ___ Virginia's Warbler U U - - ___ Yellow Warbler F F U - ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler - R - - ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler F F F - ___ Black-throated Gray Warbler X X - - ___ MacGillivray's Warbler U U - - ___ Common Yellowthroat R R - - ___ Wilson's Warbler U U - - ___ Yellow-breasted Chat R R - -
TANAGER TO TOWHEES SP S F W ___ Western Tanager U U - - ___ Black-headed Grosbeak U U - - ___ Lazuli Bunting F F - - ___ Green-tailed Towhee F C - - ___ Spotted Towhee F F U U
SPARROWS TO BUNTING SP S F W ___ American Tree Sparrow - - - U ___ Chipping Sparrow C C - - ___ Brewer's Sparrow C C - - ___ Vesper Sparrow C C - - ___ Lark Sparrow R R - - ___ Sage Sparrow X X X X ___ Savannah Sparrow U U - - ___ Fox Sparrow R R - - ___ Song Sparrow F F F F ___ White-crowned Sparrow U U U U ___ Harris' Sparrow - - - R ___ Dark-eyed Junco C F C C ___ Snow Bunting - - - R
BOBOLINK TO HOUSE SPARROW SP S F W ___ Bobolink R - - - ___ Red-winged Blackbird C C C C ___ Western Meadowlark C C C U ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird U U - - ___ Brewer's Blackbird F C F U ___ Brown-headed Cowbird U U - - ___ Bullock's Oriole U U - - ___ Scott's Oriole - R - - ___ Black Rosy Finch R R R R ___ Cassin's Finch C C C F ___ House Finch U U U F ___ Red Crossbill F F F F ___ Pine Siskin F F F F ___ American Goldfinch C C C C ___ Evening Grosbeak R R X X ___ House Sparrow C C C C
ADDITIONAL SIGHTINGS __________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ DATE:__________________________________________________________________________ SPECIES COUNT:_________________________________________________________________ OBSERVERS:_____________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________

PRIMARY OBSERVATION AREAS:_____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________


For additional information contact:
    City of Rocks National Reserve
    P.O. Box 169
    Almo, Idaho 83312
    Tel.# (208) 824-5519

This resource is based on the following source:
Trost, Charles, Michael Britten, Wallace Keck, Rick Taylor, Ryan Peck, and 
     Don Simons.  May 1997.  Birds of City of Rocks National Reserve.  
     National Park Service.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as
Trost, Charles, Michael Britten, Wallace Keck, Rick Taylor, Ryan Peck, and 
     Don Simons.  May 1997.  Birds of City of Rocks National Reserve.  
     National Park Service.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: 
     Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govrocks.htm 
     (Version 10AUG98)

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