Best Birding in Oregon

This list represents the most popular birding in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Deschutes River Trail


Take a scenic desert tour in a canyon above the Deschutes River. Visit the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Goldendale, and the Dalles, and you’ve got an aesthetic, tasty, and interesting weekend. The cany…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Dalles, OR - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 18 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Banks-Vernonia State Trail


The Banks-Vernonia Trail stretches through the hills east of the Coast Mountains. It’s 35 miles west of Portland, and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. Both trail endpoints—at Banks and at…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Banks, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 21 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Astoria Riverwalk


Portland’s beach resort town of the early 1900s sits on the north-western tip of Oregon, where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark’s 8,000-mile trek in search of the Nor…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Astoria, OR - Birding, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5.1 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. OC&E–Woods Line State Trail by Klamath Rails-to-Trails Group


Explore the 98-mile OC&E–Woods Line State Trail for its solitude and panoramic views. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, equestrians, skateboarders, and other nonmotorized travelers have one thing in common…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Klamath Falls, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 98 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. A Host of Honkers: William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge


Canada geese gather by the thousands to spend the winter at this national wildlife refuge in the heart of the Willamette Valley. First, stop at the interpretive kiosk 0.8 mile from the refuge entrance…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Corvallis, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Shorebird Sanctuary: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area


Millions of waterfowl and shorebirds—including ducks, geese, swans, and cranes—gather at this wetland along the Columbia River each winter. Head for the first viewing area, 3.1 miles from the junction…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Portland, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Spring has Sprung: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve


Spring is a busy time at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve as migrating birds arrive to nest, frogs call in the night for mates, and wildlife seems to shake off the rainy winter doldrums as eagerly as…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Hillsboro, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Great Blue Commune: Clackamette Park


A common bird often seen flying high in the sky, the great blue heron nests communally in the spring. One Portland-area rookery is easily visible from a park at the confluence of the Clackamas and Wil…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Oregon City, OR - Birding
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#9. Owl Watching is a Hoot: Spring Creek Great Gray Owl Management Area


Here are good opportunities to see relatively rare and reclusive great gray owls from mid-May to early June as the young fledge from their nests and parent birds hunt for prey to feed them. Great gray…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
La Grande, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Raptors on the Wing: Bonney Butte


Over 2,000 hawks and eagles pass along a 35-mile ridge in the Mount Hood National Forest as they migrate south in the fall. You can watch what is believed to be the largest concentration of migrating…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Zigzag, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Waterfowl Winter: Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge


Tens of thousands of migrating ducks and geese gather on this reservoir in the Columbia River basin each winter. Park at Lot B and walk through the gate at the west end of the lot. Follow the trail al…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Hermiston, OR - Birding
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#12. Eagles Everywhere: Klamath Basin Bald Eagle Conference


Learn all about bald eagles as you watch hundreds fly from their roosts in the Klamath Basin, home of the largest winter concentration of these magnificent birds in the contiguous United States. Call…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Klamath Falls, OR - Birding
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#13. Water Bird Way Station: Summer Lake Wildlife Area


Each summer, large concentrations of water birds come to nest at this oasis in the desert, where they are easily observed. The earlier you arrive in the morning the better. Start the road tour at the…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Summer Lake, OR - Birding
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#14. Desert Oasis: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge


See migrating and nesting birds galore at one of the country’s top national wildlife refuges. If you have at least a full day, start out at the refuge headquarters, wander through the museum and books…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Burns, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Dance of the Sage Grouse: Millican Lekking Site


In the early morning hours each spring, male sage grouse gather at this traditional mating ground to strut and posture in an effort to attract a mate. Plan to arrive just before dawn, because mating…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Bend, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Eagle Alley: Upper Crooked River Basin


Up to 100 bald eagles, some coming from as far away as Canada’s Northwest Territories, spend the winter in the upper Crooked River basin along with resident golden eagles. You can see them perched on…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Paulina, OR - Birding
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#17. Seabird Condo: Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge


The largest nesting colony of common murres south of Alaska and the largest tufted puffin colony in Oregon are found on a small group of rocks just off the north coast. The best viewing is from Oceans…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Oceanside, OR - Birding
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#18. Out For the Count: Audubon Christmas Bird Count


Join local bird enthusiasts on a Christmastime outing to tally birds that spend the winter in the local vicinity. The information you gather will help conservationists monitor the long-term health of…
From the guidebook "Oregon Nature Weekends"
Portland, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area


Marshes and grasslands cover the east side of the Fern Ridge Reservoir area, while the west side provides more wooded and brushy habitats. The open water of the lake itself is best viewed from the dam…
From the guidebook "Birding Oregon"
Veneta, OR - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Siletz Bay Area


While not one of the major birding destinations along the coast, the area around the sprawling tourist town of Lincoln City offers a few good sites that can be checked fairly quickly. Boiler Bay State…
From the guidebook "Birding Oregon"
Depoe Bay, OR - Birding
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