Sanpoil River

Republic, Washington

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Bird-watching along the banks of the Sanpoil River in Ferry County offers up close views of some of northeastern Washington’s best birds. The riparian habitats mixed with pine forest and interspersed with steep and rocky slopes dotted with native wildflowers can hold a wide range of passerines, and hard-to-find birds such as Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart can be seen along the route. The trick is getting off the main road through the area—State Route 21—and driving along the rugged eastern shore of the river. Habitats: Mountain riparian, mixed forest, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Northern Waterthrush.
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Birding Washington

by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Bird-watching along the banks of the Sanpoil River in Ferry County offers up close views of some of northeastern Washington’s best birds. The riparian habitats mixed with pine forest and interspersed with steep and rocky slopes dotted with native wildflowers can hold a wide range of passerines, and hard-to-find birds such as Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart can be seen along the route.

The trick is getting off the main road through the area—State Route 21—and driving along the rugged eastern shore of the river. Habitats: Mountain riparian, mixed forest, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Northern Waterthrush.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Republic
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Sanpoil River

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