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.

  • #1 Deschutes River Trail

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    Dalles, OR

    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. ...
    •  18 miles
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    Take a scenic desert tour in a canyon above the Deschutes River. Visit the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Goldendale, and the ...

  • #2 Banks-Vernonia State Trail

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    Banks, OR

    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 ...
    •  21 miles
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    The Banks-Vernonia Trail stretches through the hills east of the Coast Mountains. It’s 35 miles west of Portland, and 52 ...

  • #3 Astoria Riverwalk

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    Astoria, OR

    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 ...
    •  5.1 miles
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    Portland’s beach resort town of the early 1900s sits on the north-western tip of Oregon, where the Columbia River empties ...

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

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    Klamath Falls, OR

    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 ...
    •  98 miles
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    Explore the 98-mile OC&E–Woods Line State Trail for its solitude and panoramic views. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, equestrians, ...

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

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    Corvallis, OR

    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 ...
    •  3hours plus driving time
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    Canada geese gather by the thousands to spend the winter at this national wildlife refuge in the heart of the Willamette ...

  • #6 Shorebird Sanctuary: Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

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    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    Millions of waterfowl and shorebirds—including ducks, geese, swans, and cranes—gather at this wetland along the Columbia ...

  • #7 Spring has Sprung: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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    Hillsboro, OR

    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 ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    Spring is a busy time at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve as migrating birds arrive to nest, frogs call in the night for ...

  • #8 Great Blue Commune: Clackamette Park

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    Oregon City, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 hour plus driving time
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    A common bird often seen flying high in the sky, the great blue heron nests communally in the spring. One Portland-area rookery ...

  • #9 Owl Watching is a Hoot: Spring Creek Great Gray Owl Management Area

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    La Grande, OR

    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 ...
    •  4 hours plus driving time
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    Here are good opportunities to see relatively rare and reclusive great gray owls from mid-May to early June as the young ...

  • #10 Eagles Everywhere: Klamath Basin Bald Eagle Conference

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    Klamath Falls, OR

    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. ...
    •  1 to 3 days
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    Learn all about bald eagles as you watch hundreds fly from their roosts in the Klamath Basin, home of the largest winter ...

  • #11 Raptors on the Wing: Bonney Butte

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    Zigzag, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 day
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    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. ...

  • #12 Waterfowl Winter: Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge

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    Hermiston, OR

    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 ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    Tens of thousands of migrating ducks and geese gather on this reservoir in the Columbia River basin each winter. Park at ...

  • #13 Water Bird Way Station: Summer Lake Wildlife Area

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    Summer Lake, OR

    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 ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    Each summer, large concentrations of water birds come to nest at this oasis in the desert, where they are easily observed. ...

  • #14 Desert Oasis: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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    Burns, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 days
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    See migrating and nesting birds galore at one of the country’s top national wildlife refuges. If you have at least a full ...

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

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    Bend, OR

    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 ...
    •  4 hours plus driving time
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    In the early morning hours each spring, male sage grouse gather at this traditional mating ground to strut and posture in ...

  • #16 Eagle Alley: Upper Crooked River Basin

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    Paulina, OR

    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 ...
    •  4 hours plus driving time
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    Up to 100 bald eagles, some coming from as far away as Canada’s Northwest Territories, spend the winter in the upper Crooked ...

  • #17 Seabird Condo: Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge

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    Oceanside, OR

    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 ...
    •  1 hour plus driving time
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    The largest nesting colony of common murres south of Alaska and the largest tufted puffin colony in Oregon are found on a ...

  • #18 Out For the Count: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

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    Portland, OR

    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 ...
    •  A half day to a full day
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    Join local bird enthusiasts on a Christmastime outing to tally birds that spend the winter in the local vicinity. The information ...

  • #19 Fern Ridge Reservoir and Wildlife Area

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    Veneta, OR

    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 ...
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    Marshes and grasslands cover the east side of the Fern Ridge Reservoir area, while the west side provides more wooded and ...

  • #20 Siletz Bay Area

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    Depoe Bay, OR

    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 ...
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    While not one of the major birding destinations along the coast, the area around the sprawling tourist town of Lincoln City ...