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Southwest Region

Ben Ross Reservoir

Nearest Town: Cambridge
Site Size: 350 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Cambridge, US 95 N; pass Alpine in ~5 mi; R (S) on W Indian Valley Rd; continue until pavement ends; at fork, R (W) on Ben Ross Rd; follow to reservoir.

Description: Spring is the best time to bird the road to the reservoir. Breeding Greater Sage-Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, and Short-eared Owl can be seen as well as Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Burrowing Owl and Grasshopper Sparrow. During migration, a variety of waterfowl can be found at Ben Ross including goldeneye, swan, and Snow Goose, as well as a variety of waterbirds.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 465-8465
Weiser (208) 549-0452

California Quail
Photo Copyright Karen Nitz
Long-billed Curlew
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Snow Goose
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

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

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 80% 80%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 20% 20%

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 N Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y 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 DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesOwlsShorebirdsSparrows and allies


    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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