Bird Watching at Modie Park
Patient bird watchers can potentially observe almost 100 bird species in the vicinity of Ruth Rowell Modie Wildlife Park. Permanent avian populations such as California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mourning Dove, and American Goldfinch enjoy the semi-arid grassland and urban environments of the park. Hawks including Red Tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk and the American Kestrel can often be see circling the park and the undeveloped fields southwest of the park. Migratory species such as the Red Wing Black Bird and Mallard Duck nest in the park’s wetlands. A few Mallard ducks winter over in the Lewis Clark Valley and occasionally fly into the wetland ponds. Transitory species such as Cedar Wax Wing and Black-headed Grosbeaks fly through in the spring and fall. They might be seen for a matter of an hour while they rest and feed.
Trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses that provide cover, food and nesting habitat for birds are being planted. Hummingbirds, who frequent the Butterfly Garden on warm summer days, are evidence that, by planting the right materials, birds can be attracted to the area.
A bird watching checklist for the Modie Park complex will be mailed to you free on request. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send a stamped addressed #10 envelope to Modie Park Conservancy, 1901 8th St., Lewiston, ID 83501
We welcome notification of interesting sightings. Please include date, time and location.