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The Best Birds to Discover at the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge Near Twin Falls

For a fun day of birding, head to the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. An easy drive from our Twin Falls apartments, it welcomes dozens of species throughout the year. Here are a few of the birds you may spot during your visit:

Northern Pintail

Northern pintails are long-necked birds with wings that are pointed and narrow while in flight. During the non-breeding season, they form large groups. These ducks spend this time in lakes, bays, and other bodies of water. While at the refuge, listen for the males to make a sound similar to a wheezy train-like whistle.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Stocky and compact, black-crowned night-herons have thick necks, pointed bills, and short legs. Adults are light gray with black backs and caps, while juveniles are brown with white spots on their wings. These herons are social birds. They often nest and roost in groups and are found in wetlands across North America.

Ring-necked Pheasant

Male ring-necked pheasants are beautiful birds. They feature red faces and iridescent copper and gold plumage. Females are brown and blend in with their field habitat. In flight, these birds don't typically cover more than 600 feet, though the winds can considerably extend their flight time.

Common Loon

Known for their rich yodeling and moaning calls, common loons are found in tundra ponds, wooded lakes, and coastal waters. These birds mainly eat fish. They swim and dive in search of prey and may also feast on aquatic plants. Both males and females tend to the young. Babies leave the nest a day or two after hatching and can fly ten to eleven weeks later.

After visiting the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a burger at a local restaurant. If you're looking to call our apartments in Twin Falls home, please contact us. Our leasing team will show you all that our Cedar Park & Canyon Falls Townhomes have to offer.


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