Bird Watching


Bird watching can fill your days with a sense of wonder and the excitement of discovery. Central Montana has a diverse landscape that is home to many bird species, so opportunities abound to add new birds to life lists. Consider Brewery Flats Trail: Any summer evening, stroll the trail that parallels Big Spring Creek.

Gurgling water blends with the chattering of a Belted Kingfisher. A secretive Grey Catbird may be spotted in the chokecherry bushes, or an American Goldfinch may be seen clinging to a stalk of grass. An American Dipper might be wading along the edge of the creek, or you may spot a Common Merganser diving into the water for fish. 

Montana's Only Bird Sighting Kiosk
The Yogo Inn in Lewistown was selected to house the only Birding Kiosk in the State of Montana.  The kiosk came from Cornell University and is set up right inside the main lobby doors.  As you travel throughout the community, or even the State, please stop in to make sure you keep track of all the birds you see and their location and register them at the Kiosk.  More information at

A sampling of birding opportunities and bird species observed:

Carter Ponds:  American Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Yellow-headed and Red-winged Blackbirds, Prairie Falcon.

Black Butte Road: Loggerhead shrike, Song Sparrow, American Redstart, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Phalarope, Mountain Bluebird, Red-tailed Hawk.

East Fork Reservoir: Eared and Western Grebes, Barn Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Bobolink, Sandhill Crane, Common Loon, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Osprey, Marsh Wren.

Piper Cutoff: Mourning Dove, Northern Harrier, Red-headed Woodpecker, Meadowlark, American Kestrel, Swainson’s Hawk, Western Wood Peewee, Western Tanager, Spotted Sandpiper.

Cottonwood Creek: Magpie, White-crowned Sparrow, Robin, Pine Siskin, Crossbill, Red-naped Sapsucker, Black-capped Chickadee, Horned Lark, Golden Eagle.

Contact Information

Lewistown Birding Bunch
Contact: Dick Dennison

Christmas Bird Count
Contact: Anne Tews 

Contact: Cathy Moser

Contact: Marilyn Byrne

Mountain Bluebird Trails