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 dipper
  4. American goldfinch
  5. American kestral
  6. American robin
  7. American white pelican
  8. American widgeon
  9. Audubon’s warbler
  10. Bald eagle
  11. Bank swallow
  12. Barn swallow
  13. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  14. Belted kingfisher
  15. Black-billed magpie
  16. Black-capped chickadee
  17. Black-headed grosbeak
  18. Black-necked stilt
  19. Blue jay
  20. Blue-winged teal
  21. Bobolink
  22. Brewer’s blackbird
  23. Brewer’s sparrow
  24. Brown-headed cowbird
  25. Bullocks oriole
  26. California gull
  27. Calliope hummingbird
  28. Canada goose
  29. Cassin’s finch
  30. Cedar waxwing
  31. Chipping sparrow
  32. Cinnamon teal
  33. Cliff swallow
  34. Common goldeneye
  35. Common grackle
  36. Common merganser
  37. Common nighthawk
  38. Common raven
  39. Common redpoll
  40. Common yellowthroat
  41. Cooper’s hawk
  42. Cordilleran flycatcher
  43. Downey woodpecker
  44. Dusky flycatcher
  45. Eastern kingbird
  46. Eurasian-collared Dove
  47. European starling
  48. Evening grosbeak
  49. Gadwall
  50. Golden eagle
  51. Gray catbird
  52. Gray partridge (huns)
  53. Great blue heron
  54. Great horned owl
  55. Greater yellowlegs
  56. Green-winged teal
  57. Hairy woodpecker
  58. Hermit thrush
  59. Hooded merganser
  60. Horned lark
  61. House finch
  62. House wren
  63. Killdeer
  64. Lazuli bunting
  65. Least flycatcher
  66. Lewis’s woodpecker
  67. Lincoln’s sparrow
  68. Long-billed curlew
  69. Long-billed dowitcher
  70. Long-eared owl
  71. MacGillivray’s warbler
  72. Magpie
  73. Mallard
  74. Marsh wren
  75. Merlin
  76. Mountain bluebird
  77. Mountain chickadee
  78. Mourning dove
  79. Northern flicker
  80. Northern goshawk
  81. Northern harrier
  82. Northern rough-winged swallow
  83. Northern saw-whet owl
  84. Northern shoveler
  85. Northern shrike
  86. Olive-sided flycatcher
  87. Orange-crowned warbler
  88. Oregon Junco
  89. Osprey
  90. Pied-billed grebe
  91. Pine siskin
  92. Red-naped sapsucker
  93. Red-tailed hawk
  94. Red-winged blackbird
  95. Ring-necked pheasant
  96. Rock pigeon
  97. Rough-legged hawk
  98. Ruby crowned kinglet
  99. Sandhill crane
  100. Savannah sparrow
  101. Snow goose
  102. Solitary sandpiper
  103. Song sparrow
  104. Sora
  105. Spotted sandpiper
  106. Swainson’s hawk
  107. Swainson’s thrush
  108. Townsend solitaire
  109. Tree swallow
  110. Trumpeter swan
  111. Tundra swan
  112. Turkey vulture
  113. Veery
  114. Vesper’s sparrow
  115. Violet green swallow
  116. Virginia rail
  117. Warbling vireo
  118. Western bluebird
  119. Western kingbird
  120. Western meadowlark
  121. Western tanager
  122. Western wood-pewee
  123. White-crowned sparrow
  124. White-faced Ibis
  125. Wild turkey
  126. Willow flycatcher
  127. Wilson’s phalarope
  128. Wilson’s snipe
  129. Wilson’s warbler
  130. Yellow warbler
  131. 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.