Livermore Road

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The southern part of this rural gravel road has brush lines and pastures that support wrens, sparrows and warblers, with numerous wetlands that harbor ducks, geese, and swans, especially in winter. The northern end is open grass fields. In winter look for accipiters, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, White-tailed Kite, and Northern Shrike. 1.7 mi N of Smithfield Rd, an open area reliably hosts Western Meadowlark, Streaked Horned Lark, and wintering American Pipit. Also watch for Prairie Falcon, Burrowing Owl, and Short-eared Owl at dusk. Marshes along the S half of the road have nesting Yellow-headed Blackbird. For a very pleasant birding experience in good weather, park at the Morgan Lake access for BSNWR, and walk or bike along the southernmost mile or two. The wetland restorations on both sides of the road are mainly private but can be viewed from the road. Whether you bird on foot, by bicycle, or car, keep to the side of the road while viewing so that farm traffic can pass.

Follow directions for Morgan Lake access, Baskett Slough NWR (Site Y1). Park here to walk S part of road, or bird your way N for 4.2 mi N to intersection with Bethel Rd just E of the small community of Perrydale. For a loop from N end of Livermore Rd back through Baskett Slough NWR: Go E on Bethel Rd 1.9 mi to Hwy 99W, then S 6 mi to Coville Rd.