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