Klickitat River

Goldendale, Washington

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As one of the most bird-rich and least-birded portions of Washington, the corridor along the banks of the Klickitat River is a natural attraction for adventurous bird-watchers. Up to 290 species of birds and 176 species of breeding birds can be seen in Klickitat County, and many of them, including the hard-to-find Acorn Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Lesser Goldfinch, can be seen around the Klickitat River. Habitats: Lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, prairie, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Acorn, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird.

Klickitat River Professional Review and Guide

"As one of the most bird-rich and least-birded portions of Washington, the corridor along the banks of the Klickitat River is a natural attraction for adventurous bird-watchers. Up to 290 species of birds and 176 species of breeding birds can be seen in Klickitat County, and many of them, including the hard-to-find Acorn Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Lesser Goldfinch, can be seen around the Klickitat River. Habitats: Lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, prairie, mixed forest.

Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Acorn, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Goldendale
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Klickitat River

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May 2018