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 100 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 crow
  3. American goldfinch
  4. American kestral
  5. American robin
  6. American white pelican
  7. American widgeon
  8. Audubon’s warbler
  9. Bald eagle
  10. Bank swallow
  11. Barn swallow
  12. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  13. Belted kingfisher
  14. Black-billed magpie
  15. Black-capped chickadee
  16. Black-headed grosbeak
  17. Black-necked stilt
  18. Blue jay
  19. Blue-winged teal
  20. Bobolink
  21. Brewer’s blackbird
  22. Brewer’s sparrow
  23. Brown-headed cowbird
  24. Bullocks oriole
  25. Calliope hummingbird
  26. Canada goose
  27. Cedar waxwing
  28. Chipping sparrow
  29. Cinnamon teal
  30. Cliff swallow
  31. Common goldeneye
  32. Common grackle
  33. Common merganser
  34. Common nighthawk
  35. Common raven
  36. Common redpoll
  37. Common yellowthroat
  38. Cooper’s hawk
  39. Downey woodpecker
  40. Dusky flycatcher
  41. Eastern kingbird
  42. Eurasian-collared Dove
  43. European starling
  44. Evening grosbeak
  45. Gadwall
  46. Golden eagle
  47. Gray catbird
  48. Gray partridge (huns)
  49. Great blue heron
  50. Great horned owl
  51. Greater yellowlegs
  52. Green-winged teal
  53. Hairy woodpecker
  54. Hermit thrush
  55. Hooded merganser
  56. Horned lark
  57. House finch
  58. House wren
  59. Killdeer
  60. Lazuli bunting
  61. Least flycatcher
  62. Lewis’s woodpecker
  63. Long-billed curlew
  64. Long-billed dowitcher
  65. Long-eared owl
  66. MacGillivray’s warbler
  67. Mallard
  68. Marsh wren
  69. Mountain bluebird
  70. Mountain chickadee
  71. Mourning dove
  72. Northern flicker
  73. Northern goshawk
  74. Northern harrier
  75. Northern rough-winged swallow
  76. Northern shoveler
  77. Northern shrike
  78. Olive-sided flycatcher
  79. Orange-crowned warbler
  80. Oregon Junco
  81. Osprey
  82. Pied-billed grebe
  83. Pine siskin
  84. Red-tailed hawk
  85. Red-winged blackbird
  86. Ring-necked pheasant
  87. Rock pigeon
  88. Rough-legged hawk
  89. Ruby crowned kinglet
  90. Sandhill crane
  91. Savannah sparrow
  92. Song sparrow
  93. Spotted sandpiper
  94. Swainson’s hawk
  95. Swainson’s thrush
  96. Townsend solitaire
  97. Tree swallow
  98. Trumpeter swan
  99. Tundra swan
  100. Turkey vulture
  101. Veery
  102. Vesper’s sparrow
  103. Violet green swallow
  104. Virginia rail
  105. Warbling vireo
  106. Western bluebird
  107. Western kingbird
  108. Western meadowlark
  109. Western tanager
  110. Western wood-pewee
  111. White-crowned sparrow
  112. White-faced Ibis
  113. Wild turkey
  114. Willow flycatcher
  115. Wilson’s phalarope
  116. Wilson’s snipe
  117. Wilson’s warbler
  118. Yellow warbler
  119. Yellow-headed 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.