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

Wilson Ponds

Nearest Town: Nampa
Site Size: 55 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #38; S onto Garrity Blvd 0.3 mi; L (E) onto Flamingo Ave 0.1 mi; curve R (S) and Flamingo turns into Happy Valley Rd; go 3.2 mi; R (W) onto Greenhurst 1.9 mi; L (S) on S Powerline Rd 0.7 mi; R (W) into Wilson Ponds parking lot (directly across street from IDFG fish hatchery).

Description: Wilson Ponds are a good birding area within the city of Nampa, near the regional office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. During winter, 15 species of waterfowl can be seen, including Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, and Lesser Scaup. Spring finds migrating songbirds (Wilson’s Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager, Hermit Thrush) and shorebirds (American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Dowitcher) utilizing the ponds as a stop-over location. In spring, look for Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Summer nesting birds include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Virginia Rail, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Marsh Wren, and Yellow Warbler. During fall migration, Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal, and Wood Duck can usually be found. In spring, look for Northern Flicker, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 465-8465
Nampa Chamber of Commerce (208)466-4641

Photo CC by Attribution
Idaho Fish and Game
Belted Kingfisher
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Ring-necked Duck
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking 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 ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 50% 50%
other Graph illustrating 20% 20%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 30% 30%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y N N N N N N Y Y Y AM
Shorebirds N N N Y Y N N N N N N N AM
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y AM
Upland Birds N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Waterbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y AM
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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 DucksGrebesHummingbirdsKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesTanagersThrushesWaxwingsWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper


    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