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. Cassin’s finch
  28. Cedar waxwing
  29. Chipping sparrow
  30. Cinnamon teal
  31. Cliff swallow
  32. Common goldeneye
  33. Common grackle
  34. Common merganser
  35. Common nighthawk
  36. Common raven
  37. Common redpoll
  38. Common yellowthroat
  39. Cooper’s hawk
  40. Downey woodpecker
  41. Dusky flycatcher
  42. Eastern kingbird
  43. Eurasian-collared Dove
  44. European starling
  45. Evening grosbeak
  46. Gadwall
  47. Golden eagle
  48. Gray catbird
  49. Gray partridge (huns)
  50. Great blue heron
  51. Great horned owl
  52. Greater yellowlegs
  53. Green-winged teal
  54. Hairy woodpecker
  55. Hermit thrush
  56. Hooded merganser
  57. Horned lark
  58. House finch
  59. House wren
  60. Killdeer
  61. Lazuli bunting
  62. Least flycatcher
  63. Lewis’s woodpecker
  64. Long-billed curlew
  65. Long-billed dowitcher
  66. Long-eared owl
  67. MacGillivray’s warbler
  68. Mallard
  69. Marsh wren
  70. Mountain bluebird
  71. Mountain chickadee
  72. Mourning dove
  73. Northern flicker
  74. Northern goshawk
  75. Northern harrier
  76. Northern rough-winged swallow
  77. Northern saw-whet owl
  78. Northern shoveler
  79. Northern shrike
  80. Olive-sided flycatcher
  81. Orange-crowned warbler
  82. Oregon Junco
  83. Osprey
  84. Pied-billed grebe
  85. Pine siskin
  86. Red-tailed hawk
  87. Red-winged blackbird
  88. Ring-necked pheasant
  89. Rock pigeon
  90. Rough-legged hawk
  91. Ruby crowned kinglet
  92. Sandhill crane
  93. Savannah sparrow
  94. Snow goose
  95. Song sparrow
  96. Sora
  97. Spotted sandpiper
  98. Swainson’s hawk
  99. Swainson’s thrush
  100. Townsend solitaire
  101. Tree swallow
  102. Trumpeter swan
  103. Tundra swan
  104. Turkey vulture
  105. Veery
  106. Vesper’s sparrow
  107. Violet green swallow
  108. Virginia rail
  109. Warbling vireo
  110. Western bluebird
  111. Western kingbird
  112. Western meadowlark
  113. Western tanager
  114. Western wood-pewee
  115. White-crowned sparrow
  116. White-faced Ibis
  117. Wild turkey
  118. Willow flycatcher
  119. Wilson’s phalarope
  120. Wilson’s snipe
  121. Wilson’s warbler
  122. Yellow warbler
  123. 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.