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 dipper
  4. American goldfinch
  5. American kestral
  6. American robin
  7. American white pelican
  8. American widgeon
  9. Audubon’s warbler
  10. Bald eagle
  11. Bank swallow
  12. Barn swallow
  13. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  14. Belted kingfisher
  15. Black-billed magpie
  16. Black-capped chickadee
  17. Black-headed grosbeak
  18. Black-necked stilt
  19. Blue jay
  20. Blue-winged teal
  21. Bobolink
  22. Brewer’s blackbird
  23. Brewer’s sparrow
  24. Brown-headed cowbird
  25. Bullocks oriole
  26. Calliope hummingbird
  27. Canada goose
  28. Cassin’s finch
  29. Cedar waxwing
  30. Chipping sparrow
  31. Cinnamon teal
  32. Cliff swallow
  33. Common goldeneye
  34. Common grackle
  35. Common merganser
  36. Common nighthawk
  37. Common raven
  38. Common redpoll
  39. Common yellowthroat
  40. Cooper’s hawk
  41. Cordilleran flycatcher
  42. Downey woodpecker
  43. Dusky flycatcher
  44. Eastern kingbird
  45. Eurasian-collared Dove
  46. European starling
  47. Evening grosbeak
  48. Gadwall
  49. Golden eagle
  50. Gray catbird
  51. Gray partridge (huns)
  52. Great blue heron
  53. Great horned owl
  54. Greater yellowlegs
  55. Green-winged teal
  56. Hairy woodpecker
  57. Hermit thrush
  58. Hooded merganser
  59. Horned lark
  60. House finch
  61. House wren
  62. Killdeer
  63. Lazuli bunting
  64. Least flycatcher
  65. Lewis’s woodpecker
  66. Lincoln’s sparrow
  67. Long-billed curlew
  68. Long-billed dowitcher
  69. Long-eared owl
  70. MacGillivray’s warbler
  71. Magpie
  72. Mallard
  73. Marsh wren
  74. Merlin
  75. Mountain bluebird
  76. Mountain chickadee
  77. Mourning dove
  78. Northern flicker
  79. Northern goshawk
  80. Northern harrier
  81. Northern rough-winged swallow
  82. Northern saw-whet owl
  83. Northern shoveler
  84. Northern shrike
  85. Olive-sided flycatcher
  86. Orange-crowned warbler
  87. Oregon Junco
  88. Osprey
  89. Pied-billed grebe
  90. Pine siskin
  91. Red-naped sapsucker
  92. Red-tailed hawk
  93. Red-winged blackbird
  94. Ring-necked pheasant
  95. Rock pigeon
  96. Rough-legged hawk
  97. Ruby crowned kinglet
  98. Sandhill crane
  99. Savannah sparrow
  100. Snow goose
  101. Song sparrow
  102. Sora
  103. Spotted sandpiper
  104. Swainson’s hawk
  105. Swainson’s thrush
  106. Townsend solitaire
  107. Tree swallow
  108. Trumpeter swan
  109. Tundra swan
  110. Turkey vulture
  111. Veery
  112. Vesper’s sparrow
  113. Violet green swallow
  114. Virginia rail
  115. Warbling vireo
  116. Western bluebird
  117. Western kingbird
  118. Western meadowlark
  119. Western tanager
  120. Western wood-pewee
  121. White-crowned sparrow
  122. White-faced Ibis
  123. Wild turkey
  124. Willow flycatcher
  125. Wilson’s phalarope
  126. Wilson’s snipe
  127. Wilson’s warbler
  128. Yellow warbler
  129. 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.