Kingsbury Lake Waterfowl Production Area
Cliffs, prairie, and shallow marsh that vanishes with low rainfall make up the little-known 3,733 acres at the foot of the Highwoods. Grassland birds join raptors and, on migration, shorebirds. Watch for rattlesnakes. No fee.
Highlighted species include Sprague's pipit, grasshopper sparrow, vespers sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, lark sparrow, bobolink (grasslands); perhaps gray partridge, sharp-tailed grouse; golden eagle, ferruginous hawk, Swainson's hawk, prairie falcon, along with short-eared owls at dawn, dusk; rock wrens (cliffs); prairie dog town with burrowing owls well down east side of lake. Long-billed curlews, avocers, upland sandpiper, willer, Wilson's phalarope, marbled godwirs, Wilson's snipe breed; migrating shorebirds mid-April to mid-May, and July through mid-September as water level allows. Open year-round (hunting in fall); songbirds most visible mid-May through mid-July.
Information courtesy of Central Montana Birding Trails.
How to Get There
From Main Street in Geraldine, turn west onto Kingsbury Road, left onto Geyser Road, then 4 miles to parking area southeast of the lake.