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