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 almost 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 goldfinch
  3. American kestral
  4. American robin
  5. American white pelican
  6. American widgeon
  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. Black-necked stilt
  16. Blue-winged teal
  17. Bobolink
  18. Brewer’s blackbird
  19. Brown-headed cowbird
  20. Bullocks Oriole
  21. Canada goose
  22. Cedar waxwing
  23. Chipping sparrow
  24. Cinnamon teal
  25. Cliff swallow
  26. Common goldeneye
  27. Common grackle
  28. Common merganser
  29. Common nighthawk
  30. Common raven
  31. Common yellowthroat
  32. Crow
  33. Downey Woodpecker
  34. Dusky flycatcher
  35. Eastern kingbird
  36. European starling
  37. Evening grosbeak
  38. Gadwall
  39. Golden eagle
  40. Gray catbird
  41. Gray partridge (huns)
  42. Great blue heron
  43. Great horned owl
  44. Greater yellowlegs
  45. Green-winged teal
  46. Hairy woodpecker
  47. Hooded merganser
  48. Horned lark
  49. House finch
  50. House wren
  51. Killdeer
  52. Lazuli bunting
  53. Least flycatcher
  54. Long-billed curlew
  55. Long-billed dowitcher
  56. Long-eared owl
  57. MacGillivray’s warbler
  58. Mallard
  59. Marsh wren
  60. Mountain chickadee
  61. Mourning dove
  62. Nighthawk
  63. Northern flicker
  64. Northern goshawk
  65. Northern harrier
  66. Northern rough-winged swallow
  67. Northern shoveler
  68. Northern shrike
  69. Oregon Junco
  70. Pie-eyed grebe
  71. Pine siskin
  72. Red-tailed hawk
  73. Red-winged blackbird
  74. Ring-necked pheasant
  75. Rock pigeon
  76. Rough-legged hawk
  77. Ruby crowned kinglet
  78. Sandhill crane
  79. Savannah sparrow
  80. Song sparrow
  81. Spotted sandpiper
  82. Townsend solitaire
  83. Tree swallow
  84. Trumpeter swan
  85. Tundra swan
  86. Violet green swallow
  87. Virginia rail
  88. Warbling vireo
  89. Western kingbird
  90. Western meadowlark
  91. Western tanager
  92. Western wood-pewee
  93. White-crowned sparrow
  94. White-faced Ibis
  95. Wild turkey
  96. Willow flycatcher
  97. Wilson’s phalarope
  98. Wilson’s snipe
  99. Wilson’s warbler
  100. Yellow warbler
  101. 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.