Oak Creek Wildlife Area

Naches, Washington

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Sometimes habitats change slowly, other times they change quickly, as Oak Creek Canyon did during the writing of this book when a fire zipped through the oak woodland in the lower portion of the canyon. Although some of the oaks, though singed, survived, the shrubby undergrowth and many of the oaks and other trees now stand as ghosts. While it saddens us to see so many of the sentinel oaks destroyed, we look forward to this opportunity to see what birds arrive with the change in habitat: Birds that prefer more open and burned habitats such as Blackbacked Woodpeckers and Nighthawks may begin nesting in the area. Habitats: Oak woodlands, pine and fir woodlands. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Western Bluebird.

Oak Creek Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"Sometimes habitats change slowly, other times they change quickly, as Oak Creek Canyon did during the writing of this book when a fire zipped through the oak woodland in the lower portion of the canyon. Although some of the oaks, though singed, survived, the shrubby undergrowth and many of the oaks and other trees now stand as ghosts. While it saddens us to see so many of the sentinel oaks destroyed, we look forward to this opportunity to see what birds arrive with the change in habitat: Birds that prefer more open and burned habitats such as Blackbacked Woodpeckers and Nighthawks may begin nesting in the area.

Habitats: Oak woodlands, pine and fir woodlands. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Western Bluebird."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Naches
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Oak Creek Wildlife Area

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