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. Belted kingfisher
  13. Black-billed magpie
  14. Black-capped chickadee
  15. Black-headed grosbeak
  16. Black-necked stilt
  17. Blue jay
  18. Blue-winged teal
  19. Bobolink
  20. Brewer’s blackbird
  21. Brewer’s sparrow
  22. Brown-headed cowbird
  23. Bullocks oriole
  24. Canada goose
  25. Cedar waxwing
  26. Chipping sparrow
  27. Cinnamon teal
  28. Cliff swallow
  29. Common goldeneye
  30. Common grackle
  31. Common merganser
  32. Common nighthawk
  33. Common raven
  34. Common yellowthroat
  35. Downey Woodpecker
  36. Dusky flycatcher
  37. Eastern kingbird
  38. European starling
  39. Evening grosbeak
  40. Gadwall
  41. Golden eagle
  42. Gray catbird
  43. Gray partridge (huns)
  44. Great blue heron
  45. Great horned owl
  46. Greater yellowlegs
  47. Green-winged teal
  48. Hairy woodpecker
  49. Hermit thrush
  50. Hooded merganser
  51. Horned lark
  52. House finch
  53. House wren
  54. Killdeer
  55. Lazuli bunting
  56. Least flycatcher
  57. Long-billed curlew
  58. Long-billed dowitcher
  59. Long-eared owl
  60. MacGillivray’s warbler
  61. Mallard
  62. Marsh wren
  63. Mountain bluebird
  64. Mountain chickadee
  65. Mourning dove
  66. Northern flicker
  67. Northern goshawk
  68. Northern harrier
  69. Northern rough-winged swallow
  70. Northern shoveler
  71. Northern shrike
  72. Oregon Junco
  73. Osprey
  74. Pied-billed grebe
  75. Pine siskin
  76. Red-tailed hawk
  77. Red-winged blackbird
  78. Ring-necked pheasant
  79. Rock pigeon
  80. Rough-legged hawk
  81. Ruby crowned kinglet
  82. Sandhill crane
  83. Savannah sparrow
  84. Song sparrow
  85. Spotted sandpiper
  86. Swainson’s hawk
  87. Swainson’s thrush
  88. Townsend solitaire
  89. Tree swallow
  90. Trumpeter swan
  91. Tundra swan
  92. Veery
  93. Vesper’s sparrow
  94. Violet green swallow
  95. Virginia rail
  96. Warbling vireo
  97. Western bluebird
  98. Western kingbird
  99. Western meadowlark
  100. Western tanager
  101. Western wood-pewee
  102. White-crowned sparrow
  103. White-faced Ibis
  104. Wild turkey
  105. Willow flycatcher
  106. Wilson’s phalarope
  107. Wilson’s snipe
  108. Wilson’s warbler
  109. Yellow warbler
  110. 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.