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 yellowthroat
  37. Cooper’s hawk
  38. Downey woodpecker
  39. Dusky flycatcher
  40. Eastern kingbird
  41. Eurasian-collared Dove
  42. European starling
  43. Evening grosbeak
  44. Gadwall
  45. Golden eagle
  46. Gray catbird
  47. Gray partridge (huns)
  48. Great blue heron
  49. Great horned owl
  50. Greater yellowlegs
  51. Green-winged teal
  52. Hairy woodpecker
  53. Hermit thrush
  54. Hooded merganser
  55. Horned lark
  56. House finch
  57. House wren
  58. Killdeer
  59. Lazuli bunting
  60. Least flycatcher
  61. Lewis’s woodpecker
  62. Long-billed curlew
  63. Long-billed dowitcher
  64. Long-eared owl
  65. MacGillivray’s warbler
  66. Mallard
  67. Marsh wren
  68. Mountain bluebird
  69. Mountain chickadee
  70. Mourning dove
  71. Northern flicker
  72. Northern goshawk
  73. Northern harrier
  74. Northern rough-winged swallow
  75. Northern shoveler
  76. Northern shrike
  77. Olive-sided flycatcher
  78. Orange-crowned warbler
  79. Oregon Junco
  80. Osprey
  81. Pied-billed grebe
  82. Pine siskin
  83. Red-tailed hawk
  84. Red-winged blackbird
  85. Ring-necked pheasant
  86. Rock pigeon
  87. Rough-legged hawk
  88. Ruby crowned kinglet
  89. Sandhill crane
  90. Savannah sparrow
  91. Song sparrow
  92. Spotted sandpiper
  93. Swainson’s hawk
  94. Swainson’s thrush
  95. Townsend solitaire
  96. Tree swallow
  97. Trumpeter swan
  98. Tundra swan
  99. Turkey vulture
  100. Veery
  101. Vesper’s sparrow
  102. Violet green swallow
  103. Virginia rail
  104. Warbling vireo
  105. Western bluebird
  106. Western kingbird
  107. Western meadowlark
  108. Western tanager
  109. Western wood-pewee
  110. White-crowned sparrow
  111. White-faced Ibis
  112. Wild turkey
  113. Willow flycatcher
  114. Wilson’s phalarope
  115. Wilson’s snipe
  116. Wilson’s warbler
  117. Yellow warbler
  118. 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.