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Southeast Region

The Springfield Bottoms

Nearest Town: Springfield
Site Size: 8 miles of mudflats

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Springfield, S on Chandler Rd (1955 W) for 2 mi; stop at overlook at Danielson Creek Waterfall; continue on Chandler Rd; R (S) on Crystal Springs Rd (1950 W) for 0.8 mi; L on River Rd for 1.8 mi; cross cattle guard; stop at gravel pit ponds (McTucker Ponds); OR turn R 1 mi to boat ramp.

Description: The “Bottoms” refers to the northeastern corner of American Falls Reservoir and is public land. Highlights: Cattle Egret, waterfowl, and shorebirds. March is peak of spring waterfowl migration. Northern Pintail, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, and Snow Goose can be seen. Fall is best for shorebirds. Marbled Godwit and yellowlegs are numerous.

More Information:
USBR (208) 678-0461
Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce (208)785-0510


Photos
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American Avocet
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 80% 80%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 10% 10%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 10% 10%

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 N N N Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds Y Y N 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 Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y N N N 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.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsHawks and EaglesOwlsPelicans and CormorantShorebirdsSparrows and alliesThrashersThrushesWaxwingsWoodpeckers

    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


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