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