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