Birding On Woodson Ranch

Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Cinnamon Teal, Kildeer, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles…these are just a few of the birds that come to enjoy the habitat created by Woodson Ranch. The diverse waterways, woodsy areas, marshy fens and open pastures provide ample food and cover for over 90 documented species of birds.

Tree Swallow

We welcome visitors to come and spot species of interest, or just to walk and view the amazing diversity. We have designated the West side of the river as a walking & hiking area for bird and wildlife watchers. Contact us to get a Permissive Use Document allowing you to have access.  We simply keep the document on file so we have a record of who is coming and going on the ranch.  Note that the ranch is not open during the big-game hunting season for safety reasons.

If you are unable to visit the ranch but want to experience some of the birding opportunities we have available, we invite you to listen to this recording. This recording was made in April of 2015 next to one of our wetlands at precisely 5 in the morning. The striking diversity of squawks, honks, twitters and tweets is so thick with the sounds of multiple species that it is difficult to parse out the number of types of birds on the recording.

Eagle 2
Bald Eagle

So check out our list of birds confirmed on the property, and help us get a complete list. Or, better yet, come and visit; watch and listen. Stay in our fully-furnished ON-SITE Lodging. We think you’ll be amazed at the variety and quantity of birds who call Woodson Ranch home at various times of the year.


  1. American coot
  2. American goldfinch
  3. American kestral
  4. American robin
  5. American white pelican
  6. American wigeon
  7. Audubon’s warbler
  8. Bald eagle
  9. Bank swallow
  10. Barn swallow
  11. Belted kingfisher
  12. Black-billed magpie
  13. Black-capped chickadee
  14. Black-headed grosbeak
  15. Blue-winged teal
  16. Bobolink
  17. Brewer’s blackbird
  18. Brown-headed cowbird
  19. Canada goose
  20. Cedar wawing
  21. Chipping sparrow
  22. Cinnamon teal
  23. Cliff swallow
  24. Common goldeneye
  25. Common grackle
  26. Common merganser
  27. Common nighthawk
  28. Common raven
  29. Common yellowthroat
  30. Crow
  31. Dusky flycatcher
  32. Eastern kingbird
  33. European starling
  34. Evening grosbeak
  35. Gadwall
  36. Golden eagle
  37. Gray catbird
  38. Gray partridge (huns)
  39. Great blue heron
  40. Great horned owl
  41. Greater yellowlegs
  42. Green-winged teal
  43. Hairy woodpecker
  44. Hooded merganser
  45. Horned lark
  46. House finch
  47. House wren
  48. Killdeer
  49. Lazuli bunting
  50. Least flycatcher
  51. Long-billed dowitcher
  52. Long-eared owl
  53. MacGillivray’s warbler
  54. Mallard
  55. Marsh wren
  56. Mountain chickadee
  57. Mourning dove
  58. Nighthawk
  59. Northern flicker
  60. Northern goshawk
  61. Northern harrier
  62. Northern rough-winged swallow
  63. Norther shoveler
  64. Northern shrike
  65. Oregon Junco
  66. Pine siskin
  67. Red-tailed hawk
  68. Red-winged blackbird
  69. Ring-necked pheasant
  70. Rock pigeon
  71. Rough-legged hawk
  72. Ruby crowned kiglet
  73. Sandhill crane
  74. Savannah sparrow
  75. Song sparrow
  76. Spotted sandpiper
  77. Townsend solitaire
  78. Tree swallow
  79. Trumpeter swans
  80. Violet green swallow
  81. Virginia rail
  82. Warbling vireo
  83. Western kingbird
  84. Western meadowlark
  85. Western tanager
  86. Western wood-pewee
  87. White-crowned sparrow
  88. Wild turkey
  89. Willow flycatcher
  90. Wilson’s phalarope
  91. WIlson’s snipe
  92. Wilson’s warbler
  93. Yellow warbler
  94. Yellow-beaded blackbird

Come out and help us identify more!  You could stay at our Hill House, a fully furnished home available for rent right on the ranch.