skip to the main content area of this page
Idaho Birding Trail LogoMale Sage GrouseMountain Bluebird
Southeast Region

Springfield Ponds

Nearest Town: Springfield
Site Size: 30 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: On the N side of American Falls Reservoir, from Springfield, turn off of ID 39, S on Chandler Rd (1955 W) for 0.2 mi; R into parking area; backtrack to ID 39, R (E) to mp 33.2; S on Crystal Springs Rd (1950 W) for 0.2 mi; cross rr; park; walk on R (W) edge of railroad embankment.

Description: Spring migration brings hundreds of birds to the pond. Highlights are shorebirds and waterfowl including American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Dowitcher, and yellowlegs. Osprey and Caspian Tern in summer. Marsh Wren and Virginia Rail in marsh areas.

More Information:
USBR (208) 226-2217
Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce (208)785-0510


Photos
greater-yellowlegs--brian-currie.jpg
Greater Yellowlegs
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?


Habitat
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 80% 80%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 15% 15%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N ALL
Songbirds Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y AM
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Geese, Swans and DucksHawks and EaglesRails and CootsShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesStarlingTernsThrushesWaxwingsWrens and Dipper

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


    New! Browse the Idaho Birding Trail in Google Maps or Google Earth