Bird Walks

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Region has assembled a list of 100 “knock your socks off” bird walks in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. Follow the Pacific Region’s  Facebook page and search for #100BirdWalks to see posts with more information highlighting these walks. We encourage you to take a walk and tell us what you see using the hashtag #iBirdBecause. Before you head out into the field, check out our Bird Identification tips, guide to birdwatching tools and some suggestions for where else around the country you can find great birdwatching.

SUMMER BIRD WALKS
JULY – SEPTEMBER


WASHINGTON

1. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Kiwa trail
Best time to visit for birding: December to September
Bird species you are likely to see: Taverner’s geese, western geese, cackling geese, lesser geese, Vancouver geese, as well as other water birds and wading birds
Closest town/county:  Vancouver, Washington
 Bird checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

2. Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Dungeness Spit, the world’s largest sand spit
Best time to visit for birding: Between April and August
Species you are likely to see: Along the estuary you can find Brant, American Widgeon, Harlequin Duck, Black Oyster Catcher, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin. Near Sand Spit there are Pigeon Guillemot, Caspian Tern, Tufted Puffin
Closest town/county: Dungeness, Washington
 Bird checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

3. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Refuge Trail to boardwalk
Best time to visit for birding: May and August
Species you are likely to see: Pied-Bllled Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-Crested Cormorant, Green-Winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Surf Scooter, Belted Kingfisher
Closest town/county: Olympia, Washington
 Bird checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

4. San Juan Islands
Birding trail: Cascadia trail, Lopez Island, Agate Beach on Orcas Island in Moran State Park
Best time to visit for birding:  Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: 290 species of birds observed: Black oystercatchers, Brandt’s cormorants, rhinoceros auklets, and pigeon guillemots
 Bird checklist
 Previous bird walks

5. Hanford Reach National Monument
Best time to visit for birding:  March (end), April, May, June, July, August, September, August, October
Bird Species you are likely to see: Upland birds, Horned larks and meadowlarks, brewers sparrow, sage sparrow
Closest town/county: Mattawa, WA
 Bird checklist
 Website

6. Juanita Bay Park (Audubon led walks)
Best time to visit for birding:  April-December
Bird Species you are likely to see: Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Merganser, Common Loon, Grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Western and Least Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe; Mew, Ring-billed, California and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Caspian Tern, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Black and Vaux’s Swifts, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, many woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos
Closest town/county: Kirkland, WA
 Website

7. Willapa NWR
Birding trail: Leadbetter Point Trail
Best time to visit for birding: April, May, August, September
Bird Species you are likely to see: Shorebirds, Waterfowl
Closest town/county: Ilwaco, WA
 Website

OREGON

8. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Birding trail: Interlakes Trail
Best time to visit for birding: November -May, August – September (mid)
Bird Species you are likely to see: In winter, along with sparrows including Lincoln’s and White-throated Sparrows, expect to see many geese and ducks, notably Canvasback, Redhead, and Common Goldeneye to name a few. Hundreds of migrant shorebirds, Great Egrets and American White Pelicans show up as water levels drop in the late summer exposing fish and mud flats. Spring and summer brings songbirds to the forest. Bald Eagles nest on site. Check the side slough off the Interlakes Trail to see wood ducks and Western Painted Turtle (one of the largest remaining populations of Western Painted Turtles in Oregon).
Closest town/county: Portland, OR
 Bird checklist
 Website

9. Bandon Marsh NWR
Birding trail: Bandon Marsh Unit, Ni-les'tun Unit
Best time to visit for birding: May, August, September (mid)
Bird Species you are likely to see: Great area to see shorebirds during their northerly and southerly migrations (tide dependent).
Closest town/county: Bandon, OR
 Website

10. Fern Ridge Reservoir
Birding trail: Royal Avenue
Best time to visit for birding: May - June, July (mid) - September
Bird Species you are likely to see: Nesting waterbirds, Black tern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Western and Clark's grebes, white pelicans, songbirds and warblers.
Closest town/county: Eugene, OR
 Website

11. Oregon Islands NWR
Birding trail: Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.  Walk on the beach for best viewing
Best time to visit for birding: June-July
Bird Species you are likely to see: Nesting Tufted Puffins and other seabirds such as pelagic cormorant and western/glaucous-winged gull (BLOY)
Closest town/county: Florence, OR
 Bird checklist
 Refuge website

12. Crater Lake National Park
Best time to visit for birding: June - August
Bird Species you are likely to see: Clark's nutcracker, potential for a variety of other high elevation birds
Closest town/county: Crater Lake, OR
 Bird checklist
 Park website

13. Sandy River Delta
Birding trail: Sandy River Delta Trail system
Best time to visit for birding: June (mid) – July (mid)
Bird Species you are likely to see: breeding migratory songbirds including some more typical of the east side like Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Red-eyed Vireos.  Birds will be on territories and in full song thus easy to find.  Many western riparian and edge species can be seen here such as Willow Flycatcher, Lazuli Bunting, American Goldfinch and Swainson's Thrush. Keep your ears out for calling Yellow-billed Cuckoos starting in about July.  This rare and declining long distance migrant has been detected here in recent years.
Closest town/ county: Troutdale, OR
 Website

14. Trillium Lake
Trail with boardwalk around lake; best birding at N end of lake where trail meanders through forest and wetlands.
Best time to visit for birding: August (end) – October (end)
Bird Species you are likely to see: Birds include Common Yellowthroat, Tree and Violet-green Swallow, and Wilson’s, MacGillivray’s, Hermit, and Townsend’s Warbler; on the lake look for Ring-necked Duck and occasional Bald Eagle or Osprey; representative forest birds include Gray and Steller’s Jay, and Hermit, Varied, and Swainson’s Thrushes
Closest town/county: Government Camp, OR
 Website

IDAHO

15. The South Hills/Shoshone Basin
Best time to visit for birding:  May to August
Birding trails: Salt Meadow Wildlife Observation Route
Bird Species you are likely to see: Nesting Northern Goshawk, Red Crossbill, Sage Grouse. Montane species including South Hills Crossbill.
Closest town/county:  Twin Falls, Idaho
 Idaho Fish and Game website

16. Intermountain Bird Observatory
Birding Area: Lucky Peak Field Station
Best time to visit for birding:  September-October (early)
Bird Species you are likely to see: migrating diurnal raptors; also conduct raptor banding, songbird banding, and owl banding during the same time period
Closest town/county: Ada County; near Boise, ID
 Website

17. Woods Creek Fen
Best time to visit for birding:  September-October
Bird Species you are likely to see: Sandhill crane staging area
Closest town/county: ID (2 mi. W of Driggs)
 Website

18. Alturas Lake
Best time to visit for birding: May – July
Bird species you are likely to see: many woodpecker species in forests around the lake
Closest town/county: ID (25 mi S of Stanley)
 Website

19. South Hills
Best time to visit for birding: May – August
Bird species you are likely to see: various montane species including South Hills Crossbill
Closest town/county: ID (40 mi S of Twin Falls)
 Website

20. The Springfield Bottoms
Best time to visit for birding: July – September
Bird species you are likely to see: Shorebirds
Closest town/county: ID (3 mi S of Springfield)
 Website

HAWAII

21. Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail: Bayocean Peninsula County Park bayside trail.
Best time to visit for birding:  Anytime of the year
Bird Species you are likely to see: ‘lo, Nēnē, pueo owl, Hawai’I Creeper, Elepaio,’ Apapane
Closest town/county: Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge website

22. Kiluea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Lighthouse trail 
Best time to visit for birding: All year round 
Bird species you are likely to see: Laysan albatrosses, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and wedge-tailed shearwaters all visit the refuge. Some birds, such as the great frigatebird, can be seen all year round at the refuge. 
Closest town/city: Kiluea, Kauai, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

23. Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Ohiki Road
Best time to visit for birding:  Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge was created in order preserve five endangered species Hawaiian Stit, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiin Goose, and the Hawaiian Duck.  Other bird species you might see are the Akekeke, Koleau, and the ‘Ulili.
Closest town/county: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

24. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding:  All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterbirds, waterfowl
Closest town/county: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

25. Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Best time to visit for birding:  All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterbirds, waterfowl
Closest town/county: Kahalui, Maui
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

26. Saddle Road
Birding trail: Pu'u La'au
Best time to visit for birding:  All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: Palila
 Website

27. Pu'u Maka'ala
Birding trail: Wright Road, Volcano Village
Best time to visit for birding:  All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: forestbirds
 Website

28. Enchanted Lake, Kailua
Birding trail: Ka'elepulu Wetland
Best time to visit for birding:  All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: waterbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, Hawaii
 Website
 
29. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Birding trail: Kipuka Pua’ulu (HAVO Bird Park)
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Hawaiian native forestbirds including amakihi, apanane, Closest town/county: Oma’o, Hawaii
 Website

30. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Awa'awapuhi
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: forest birds, tropicbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

31. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Nu'alolo Cliff
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: forestbirds, nene
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

32. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

33. Pihea
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

34. Haleakala National Park
Birding trail: Waikamoi Preserve
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

35. Haleakala National Park
Birding trail: Hosmer Grove
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

36. Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area, Maui
Birding trail: Polipoli Loop
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

37. Kula Forest
Birding trail: Waiakoa Loop
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

38. Koolau Range Trails
Birding trail: Manoa Cliffs
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

39. Koolau Range Trails, Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
Birding trail: Wa'ahila Ridge
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

40. Mohihi-Wai'alae
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

41. Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Birding trail: Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: seabirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

FALL BIRD WALKS
OCTOBER – DECEMBER


WASHINGTON

1. Palouse Falls State Park
Best time to visit for birding: December to April
Bird species you are likely to see: Peregrine falcon nesting, gold and house finch, horned lark, wild turkey, sooty grouse
Closest town/city: Dayton, Washington
 State park website

2. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Kiwa trail
Best time to visit for birding: December to September
Bird species you are likely to see: Taverner’s geese, western geese, cackling geese, lesser geese, Vancouver geese, as well as other water birds and wading birds.
Closest town/county: Vancouver, Washington
 Bird Checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

3. San Juan Islands
Birding trail: Cascadia trail, Lopez Island, Agate Beach on Orcas Island in Moran State Park
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: 290 species of birds observed, including: Black oystercatchers, Brandt’s cormorants, rhinoceros auklets, and pigeon guillemots
 Bird checklist
 Previous bird walks

4. Ridgefield NWR
Birding trail: Oaks to Wetlands Trail
Best time to visit for birding: October 1-4, 2016 Bird festival with many bird walks.
Bird Species you are likely to see: Taverner’s geese, western geese, cackling geese, lesser geese, Vancouver geese, as well as other water birds and wading birds
Closest town/county: Ridgefield, WA
 Bird checklist

5. Hanford Reach National Monument
Best time to visit for birding:  March (end) to October
Bird Species you are likely to see: Upland birds, Horned larks and meadowlarks, brewers sparrow, sage sparrow
Closest town/county: Mattawa, WA
 Bird checklist

6. Palouse Falls State Park
Birding Area: Palouse Falls
Best time to visit for birding:  December to April
Bird Species you are likely to see: Peregrine falcon nesting
Closest town/county: LaCrosse, WA
 State Park website

7. Juanita Bay Park (Audubon led walks)
Best time to visit for birding:  April to December
Bird Species you are likely to see: Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Merganser, Common Loon, Grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Western and Least Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe; Mew, Ring-billed, California and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Caspian Tern, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Black and Vaux’s Swifts, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, many woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos
Closest town/county: Kirkland, WA
 Bird checklist

OREGON

8. Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail: Pintail and Egret Marsh
Best time to visit for birding: December to March
Bird species you are likely to see: Northern Pintails, Mallards, American Widgeon, and Tundra Swan
Closest town/county: Marion County, Oregon
 Bird Checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

9. Yaquina Bay
Nature trail:  Begins from Hatfield
Best time to visit for birding:  mid-November to mid-March
Bird species you are likely to see:  Brant, sea ducks, and water birds such as loons and grebes.
Closest town/county: Newport, Oregon
 Bird Checklist
 Yaquina Bay Recreation area website

10. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
Birding trails: Multiple great birding trails starting from the parking lot
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February, March, April
Species you are likely to see:  Nesting Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron Rookery
Closest town/county: Portland, Oregon
 Bird Checklist
 Wetlands Preserve website

11. Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: October to April
Bird species you are likely to see: Canada geese, northern pintail, American wigeon, Waterbirds (great blue heron, great egret, pied-billed grebe)
Closest town/county: Dallas, Oregon
 Birding checklist
 National Wildlife Refuge website

12. Hanford Reach National Monument
Best time to visit for birding: March-October
Bird species you are likely to see: Great blue herons, American egrets, horned larks and meadowlarks, brewers sparrow, sage sparrow
Closest town/county: Kennewick, Oregon
 National Monument website

13. Lower Klamath NWR
Birding trail: Ten mile auto tour route
Best time to visit for birding: September-November, February
Bird Species you are likely to see: Clark's, Western and Eared grebes, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great and Snowy egrets, Cattle Egret (rare), Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted, Snow and Ross's geese, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Hooded and Common mergansers, Ruddy Duck, White-tailed Kite (rare), Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon (rare), Prairie Falcon, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover (rare), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Dunlin, Short and Long-billed Dowitchers, Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Common Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Tricolored Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Many of the extremely rare shorebirds seen in the Klamath Basin (i.e. Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, Upland Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper and Ruff) have been seen on the White Lake Unit of Lower Klamath Refuge.
Closest town/county: Klamath County, OR
 Website

14. Bandon Marsh NWR
Birding trail: Bandon Marsh Unit, Ni-les'tun Unit
Best time to visit for birding: September 4-6, 2016 - Shorebird Festival & World Shorebird Day
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, birds of prey. Particularly great during shorebird migration (tide dependent)
Closest town/county: Bandon, OR
 Bird checklist
 Refuge website

15. McNary Wildlife Nature Area
Birding trail: Trail system around several ponds and marshes and along the Columbia River
Best time to visit for birding: November to March (mid)
Bird Species you are likely to see: High diversity of waterfowl species. Many wintering waterfowl, waterbirds, and song birds can be found in the ponds when not iced over and on the nearby Columbia River. Songbirds such as wintering sparrows, kinglets and chickadees and potentially both species of waxwing can be found in the shrubs and trees around the ponds. Search the trees and shrubs on the islands to find roosting black-crowned night-herons. In early 2015, a rare black-headed gull spent time roosting with the large flock of wintering gulls.
Closest town/county: Umatilla, OR
Natural Area website

16. Yaquina Bay
Birding trail: Short trail from Hatfield Marine Science Center to the Oregon Coast Aquarium provides easy views of the bay. Trail around the LNG tank off Yaquina Bay Rd also provides easy access to the bay. Best time to visit for birding: November (end) to March (early)
Bird Species you are likely to see: Yaquina Bay can be an excellent place to view Brant, seaducks and waterbirds such as loons and grebes in close proximity. The incredibly beautiful harlequin duck can usually be seen along the road to the south jetty near the small rock dikes. Long-tailed Ducks, both goldeneye species, scoters, and Red-breasted Mergansers can often be found in this outer bay area. Within the bay and along the Hatfield Marine Science Center trail one can see large flocks of American Wigeon and Northern Pintails with a mix of other ducks mixed in. It is not uncommon to find at least three species of loons and possibly four species of grebes all foraging throughout the bay.
Closest town/county: Newport, OR
 Bird checklist

17. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Birding trail: Interlakes Trail
Best time to visit for birding: November - May, August – September (mid)
Bird Species you are likely to see: In winter, along with sparrows including Lincoln’s and White-throated Sparrows, expect to see many geese and ducks, notably Canvasback, Redhead, and Common Goldeneye to name a few. Hundreds of migrant shorebirds, Great Egrets and American White Pelicans show up as water levels drop in the late summer exposing fish and mud flats. Spring and summer brings songbirds to the forest. Bald Eagles nest on site. Check the side slough off the Interlakes Trail to see wood ducks and Western Painted Turtle (one of the largest remaining populations of Western Painted Turtles in Oregon).
Closest town/county: Portland, OR
 Bird checklist

18. Fernhill Wetlands
Birding trail: Trails start at parking area off SW Fern Hill Rd.  A scope is handy for viewing large ponds in the back.  Access to parking can be flooded during periods of heavy rainfall.
Best time to visit for birding: December - February
Bird Species you are likely to see: Large flocks of winter Cackling Geese and other waterfowl such as Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Mallard, Canvasback and Tundra Swans.  Raptors, waterbirds and wintering songbirds are abundant and often less common wintering birds such as Northern Shrike, Black Phoebe and White-throated and Swamp Sparrows can be found.
Closest town/county: Forest Grove, OR
 Bird checklist

19. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
Birding trail: Trail system starts at the visitor center (trails may be inundated during heavy rain and flooding, call first)
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February
Bird Species you are likely to see: Waterfowl (NOPIs, MALLS, AMWIs, Nesting Bald Eagle, Great Blue Herron Rookery)
Closest town/county: Hillsboro, OR
 Bird checklist
 Website

20. Trillium Lake
Birding trail: Trail with boardwalk around lake; best birding at N end of lake where trail meanders through forest and wetlands.
Best time to visit for birding: August (end) – October (end)
Bird Species you are likely to see: Birds include Common Yellowthroat, Tree and Violet-green Swallow, and Wilson’s, MacGillivray’s, Hermit, and Townsend’s Warbler; on the lake look for Ring-necked Duck and occasional Bald Eagle or Osprey; representative forest birds include Gray and Steller’s Jay, and Hermit, Varied, and Swainson’s Thrushes
Closest town/county: Government Camp, OR
 Website

IDAHO

21. Harriman State Park
Birding trails: Ranch loop, Silver Lake Loop, Thurman Creek Loop
Best time to visit: December and January
Bird species you are likely to see: Large concentration of trumpeter swans in the winter time. Also western meadowlark, red-winged blackbirds, pine siskin, red crossbill western tanager.
Closest town/county: Idaho Falls, Idaho
 Idaho Fish and Game website

22. Silver Creek Preserve
Best time to visit for birding:  December and January for trumpeter swans
Bird species you are likely to see: Large concentration of trumpeter swans in the winter as well as wading birds and waterfowl such as goldeneye, Sandhill cranes, American bittern, and long billed curlew.
Closest town/county:  Bellevue, Idaho
 Nature Conservancy website
 Idaho Fish and Game website

23. Intermountain Bird Observatory
Birding area: Lucky Peak Field Station
Best time to visit for birding:  September-October (early)
Bird Species you are likely to see: migrating diurnal raptors; also conduct raptor banding, songbird banding, and owl banding during the same time period
Closest town/county: Ada County, near Boise, ID
Website

24. Woods Creek Fen
Best time to visit for birding: September-October
Bird Species you are likely to see: Sandhill crane staging area
Closest town/county: ID (2 mi. W of Driggs)
 Website

25. Silver Creek Preserve
Best time to visit for birding: December - January
Bird species you are likely to see: trumpeter swans
Closest town/county: ID (15 mi. S of Bellvue)
 Website

26. Harriman State Park
Best time to visit for birding: December – January
Bird species you are likely to see: trumpeter swans
Closest town/county: ID (9 mi S of Island Park)
 Website

27. Wolf Lodge Bay
Best time to visit for birding: December
Bird species you are likely to see: Bald Eagle concentration
Closest town/county: ID (11 mi E of Coeur d'Alene)
 Website

HAWAII

28. Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail:  Bayocean Peninsula County Park bayside trail.
Best time to visit for birding:  Anytime of the year
Bird Species you are likely to see: ‘lo, Nēnē, pueo owl, Hawai’I Creeper, Elepaio,’ Apapane
Closest town/county: Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge website

29. Kiluea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Lighthouse trail
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird species you are likely to see: Laysan albatrosses, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and wedge-tailed shearwaters all visit the refuge. Some birds, such as the great frigatebird, can be seen all year round at the refuge.
Closest town/city: Kiluea, Kauai, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

30. Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Ohiki Road
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge was created in order preserve five endangered species Hawaiian Stit, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiin Goose, and the Hawaiian Duck.  Other bird species you might see are the Akekeke, Koleau, and the ‘Ulili
Closest town/county: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

31. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterbirds, waterfowl
Closest town/county: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

32. Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterbirds, waterfowl
Closest town/county: Kahalui, Maui
 National Wildlife Refuge Website

33. Saddle Road
Birding trail: Pu'u La'au
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Palila
Closest town/county: Waimea, Hawaii
 Website

34. Pu'u Maka'ala
Birding trail: Wright Road, Volcano Village
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: forestbirds
 Website

35. Enchanted Lake, Kailua
Birding trail: Ka'elepulu Wetland
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: waterbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, Hawaii
 Website

36. Paiko Lagoon State Wildlife Sanctuary
Birding trail: South Shore
Best time to visit for birding: October-May
Bird Species you are likely to see: shorebirds, waterbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI

37. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Birding trail: Kipuka Pua'ulu (HAVO Bird Park)
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Hawaiian native forestbirds including amakihi, apanane
Closest town/county: Oma'o, Hawaii
 Bird checklist
 Website

38. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Awa'awapuhi
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: forest birds, tropicbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I HI
 Website

39. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Nu'alolo Cliff
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: forestbirds, nene
Closest town/county: Kauai'I HI
 Website

40. Koke'e State Park
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I HI
 Website

41. Pihea
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

42. Haleakala National Park
Birding trail: Waikamoi Preserve
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

43. Haleakala National Park
Birding trail: Hosmer Grove
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

44. Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area, Maui
Birding trail: Polipoli Loop
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
 Website

45. Kula Forest
Birding trail: Waiakoa Loop
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Maui, HI
Website

46. Koolau Range Trails
Birding trail: Manoa Cliffs
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

47. Koolau Range Trails, Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
Birding trail: Wa'ahila Ridge
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

48. Koolau Range Trails, Ewa Forest Reserve
Birding trail: Waimano Ridge Trail
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI

49. Mohihi-Wai'alae
Birding trail: Alakai Swamp
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: Forestbirds
Closest town/county: Kauai'I, HI
 Website

50. Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline
Birding trail: Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of year
Bird Species you are likely to see: seabirds
Closest town/county: Oahu, HI
 Website

51. Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve
Birding trail: Kaena Point Trail
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February, March
Bird Species you are likely to see: seabirds:  Laysan albatross, wedge-tailed shearwaters
Closest town/county: Oahu, Hawaii
 Website

Winter bird Walks
January- March


Oregon

1. Fern Hill Wetlands
Birding trail: Starts at parking area off Southwest Fern Hill Rd
Best time to visit for birding: January to February
Bird species you are likely to see: wintering Cackling Geese Flocks
Closest city/county: Forest Grove, Oregon
Fern Hill wetlands website

2. Ankeney National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail: Pintail and Egret Marsh
Best time to visit for birding: December to March
Bird species you are likely to see: Northern Pintails, Mallards, American Widgeon, and Tundra Swan
Closest town/county: Marion County, Oregon
Bird Checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

3. Yaquina Bay
Nature trail: Begins from Hatfield
Best time to visit for birding: mid-November to mid-March
Bird species you are likely to see: Brant, sea ducks, and water birds such as loons and grebes
Closest town/county: Newport, Oregon
Bird Checklist
Yaquina Bay Recreation area website

4. William Finley National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Mill hill trail
Best time to visit for birding: January and February
Bird species you are likely to see: Winter ducks, songbirds, and woodpeckers including: Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Gray Jay, Varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Pileated Woodpecker
Closest town/county: Corvallis, Oregon
Bird Checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

5. Winter Wings Bird Festival
Festival dates: February 11th-14t5 2016
This festival primarily celebrates the large number of overwintering Bald Eagles. The Klamath Refuges are said to have the densest population of Bald Eagles in the continental United States.
Closest town/county: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Festival Website
National Wildlife Refuge website

6. Tillamook Bay
Birding Trail: Bayocean Peninsula County Park bayside trail.
Best time to visit for birding: January- May
Bird Species you are likely to see: Lots of waterfowl to be seen in the winter, these species include: brant, bufflehead, canvasback, common goldeneye, American wigeon and Eurasian widgeon, loons, grebes. Rare species in the bay include the yellow-billed loon.
Closest town/county: Tillamook, Oregon
Audubon Website

7. Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
Birding trails: Multiple great birding trails starting from the parking lot
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February, March, April
Species you are likely to see: Nesting Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron Rookery
Closest town/county Portland, Oregon
Bird Checklist
Wetlands Preserve website

8. Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge:
Best time to visit for birding: Last two weeks of March
Bird species you are likely to see: Large flocks of migratory water birds and raptors.
Closest town/county: Kennewick, Oregon
Bird Checklist
National Wildlife Refuge Website

9. Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: October to April
Bird species you are likely to see: cackling Canada geese, northern pintail, American wigeon), Waterbirds (great blue heron, great egret, pied-billed grebe
Closest town/ county: Dallas, Oregon
Birding checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

10. Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Birding trails: Wapato Access State Greenway (trail), Oak Island (trail), Coon point (view point), Rentenaar Road
Best time to visit: February to March
Bird Species you are likely to see: Large flocks of geese and sandhill cranes are present and often close to the roads. Bald Eagles are numerous and other raptors such as peregrine falcons, merlin, and rough-legged hawks, to name a few, can be found. Abundant wintering sparrow flocks often hold unusual birds for those willing to search.
Closest town/county: Portland, Oregon
Bird Checklist
Wildlife area website

11. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Begins at the nature center
Best time to visit for birding: mid-December- March
Species you are likely to see: Forest birds such, brown creeper, red breasted sap sucker, Water birds are also present in the refuge such as mallards, pintails, grebes, and merganser.
Closest town/county: Portland, Oregon
Bird checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

12. Hanford Reach National Monument
Best time to visit for birding: March- October
Bird species you are likely to see: Great blue herons, American egrets, horned larks and meadowlarks, brewers sparrow, sage sparrow
Closest town/ county: Kennewick, Oregon
National Monument website

Washington

13. McNary Wildlife Nature Area
Best time to visit for birding: January
Bird species you are likely to see: Canadian Geese, Mallards, Pintails, and other water fowl.
Closest city/county: Burbank, Washington
Birding Checklist

14. Palouse Falls State Park
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February, March, April
Bird species: you are likely to see: Peregrine falcon nesting, gold and house finch, horned lark, wild turkey, sooty grouse
Closest town/city: Dayton, Washington
State park website

15. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Kiwa trail
Best time to visit for birding: December to September
Bird species you are likely to see: Taverner’s geese, western geese, cackling geese, lesser geese, Vancouver geese, as well as other water birds and wading birds.
Closest town/county: Vancouver, Washington
Bird Checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

Hawaii

16. Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area
Birding trail: Koolau Ridge Trails
Best time to visit for birding: February through May
Bird species you are likely to see: Endemic forest birds include the I’iwi, apapane, amakihi and the elepaio, migratory birds can also be found in Hawaii during the winter season.
Closest town/city: Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu
State Recreation Area website

17. Haleakala National Park
Birding area: Waikiamoi Preserve
Best time to visit for birding: February to May. The Maui Bird Recovery Project leads bird walks through the preserve. Check their website for the next walk date.
Birding species you are likely to see: `i`iwi,`apapane,`amakihi . Rare species in the preserve include `akohekohe, and the kiwikiu or Maui parrotbill.
Closest town/county: Kaupo, Maui, Hawaii
Preserve Website

18.Kiluea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Lighthouse trail
Best time to visit for birding: All year round
Bird species you are likely to see: Laysan albatrosses, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and wedge-tailed shearwaters all visit the refuge. Some birds, such as the great frigatebird, can be seen all year round at the refuge.
Closest town/city: Kiluea,, Kauai, Hawaii
National Wildlife Refuge Website

19. Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve
Birding trail: Kaena Point Trail
Best time to visit for birding: December, January, February, and March
Bird Species you are likely to see: Seabirds: Laysan albatross, wedge tailed shearwater
Closest town/county: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Natural Area Reserve website

20. Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Ohiki Road
Best time to visit for birding: All year round
Bird Species you are likely to see: The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge was created in order preserve five endangered species Hawaiian Stit, Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiin Goose, and the Hawaiian Duck. Other bird species you might see are the Akekeke, Koleau, and the ‘Ulili.
Closest town/county: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
National Wildlife Refuge Website

Idaho

21. Harriman State Park
Birding trails: Ranch loop, silver lake loop, thurman creek loop
Best time to visit: December and January
Bird species you are likely to see: Large concentration of trumpeter swans in the winter time. Also western meadowlark, red-winged blackbirds, pine siskin,red crossbill western tanager.
Closest town/county: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

22. Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
Best time to visit for birding: March
Bird species you are likely to see: Nesting golden eagles and prairie falcons. Snake River is home to the highest density of nesting raptors in the world!
Closest town/county: Nampa, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

23. Silver Creek Preserve:
Best time to visit for birding: December and January for trumpeter swans
Bird species you are likely to see: Large concentration of trumpeter swans in the winter as well as wading birds and waterfowl such as goldeneye, Sandhill cranes, American bittern, and long billed curlew.
Closest town/county: Bellevue, Idaho
Nature Conservancy website
Idaho Fish and Game website

24. Arbon Valley
Best time to visit for birding: Late march and early April
Bird Species you are likely to see: Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, dusky flycatcher, green tailed towhee mountain bluebird, Virginia’s and McGillivray’s warblers, and lazuli bunting. Forest nesting birds include woodpeckers, tree and violet swallows, cedar waxwing, hermit and Swianson’s thrushes
Closest town/county: Pontacello, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

Spring Bird Walks
April- June


Oregon

1. Harney County Migratory Bird Festival
Festival location: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Festival Dates: April 8-10 2016
Bird species you are likely to see: Sand hill cranes, migrating waterfowl and shorebirds migration birds of prey, and songbirds particularly during their spring migration
Closest city/county: Harney County, Oregon
Birding Checklist
Festival Website

2. Hanford Reach National Monument
Best time to visit for birding: March- October
Bird species you are likely to see: Great blue herons, American egrets, horned larks and meadowlarks, brewers sparrow, sage sparrow
Closest town/ county: Kennewick, Oregon
Birding Checklist
National Monument website

3. Birding and Blues Festival
Festival Location: Nestuacca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Festival Dates: April 29th to May 1st 2016
Bird species you are likely to see: Winter waterfowl, particularly nice for viewing subspecies of Canada and cackling geese. Birds of prey such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons are regular and wintering songbirds are abundant.
Closest town/county: Pacific City, Oregon
Festival Website
National Wildlife Refuge Website

4. Shevlin Park
Birding trail: Mill hill trail
Best time to visit for birding: April- May
Bird species you are likely to see: Nesting species include Williamson’s Sapsucker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpeckers, Pygmy Owls, Fox and Vesper Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhee, Pine Siskin, and American Dipper; superb for migrant songbirds, especially warblers.
Closest town/county: Bend, Oregon
Bird Checklist/

5. Alturas Lake
Birding trails: Multiple great birding trails starting from the parking lot
Best time to visit for birding: April
Species you are likely to see: A large variety of woodpecker species, spruce grouse, olive sided flycatcher, wilsons snipe,
Closest town/county Portland, Oregon
Bird Checklist
Wetlands Preserve Website

6. Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Birding trail: Interlakes Trail
Best time to visit for birding:
Bird Species you are likely to see: Portland’s only breeding Streak Horned Lark, Blue Heron, Great Heron, Green-winged Teal, Pintail, Common Merganser, Less Scaup, Bufflehead, Ringneck Duck, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe
Closest town/county: Portland, Oregon
Oregon Metro Website

Idaho

7. Kootenal National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: April, May, June
Bird species you are likely to see: Migratory birds are traveling through during th e spring, and many stay for breeding season, including snipe and ruffed grouse.
Closest city/county: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Birding Checklist
National Wildlife Refuge Website

8. Fort Boise Wildlife Area
Birding trail: Koolau Ridge Trails
Best time to visit for birding: February through May
Bird species you are likely to see: Large snow and white fronted geese flocks as well as nesting blue-winged and cinnamon teal, red tailed and swainsons hawks, great blue herons and there is a double crested cormorant rookery at the west end of the area.
Closest town/city: Parma, Idaho
Wildlife Area Website

9. Camas National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: March and April
Birding trails: Birding trail starts from the visitor’s center
Bird species: Large concentration of snow geese, tundra swans, and Ross’s Geese
Closest town/city: Harner, Idaho
National Wildlife Refuge Website
Bird Checklist

10. Mud Lake National Wildlife Refuge:
Best time to visit for birding: March and April
Bird species you are likely to see: Dusky and snow geese as well as trumpeter swans can be spotted in the early spring. Also White Faced Ibis, Wilson’s Phalarope, Northern Goshawk, American Avocet, Long Billed Curlew and other wading birds and waterfowl.
Closest town/county: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

11. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Best time to visit for birding: March- April
Birding trails: Salt Meadow Wildlife Observation Route
Bird Species you are likely to see: American Avocet, and Willet, Black-necked stilt, white faced ibis. Also raptors such as Gold Eagles, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons.
National Wildlife Refuge Website

12. The South Hills/Shoshone Basin
Best time to visit for birding: May to August
Birding trails: Salt Meadow Wildlife Observation Route
Bird Species you are likely to see: Nesting Northern Goshawk, Red Crossbill, Sage Grouse. Montane species including South Hills Crossbill.
Closest town/county: Twin Falls, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

13. Market Lake Wildlife Management Area
Best time to visit for birding: The first two weeks of May
Birding trails: Loop trail from the parking lot
Bird Species you are likely to see: Water birds, such as Bufflehead, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Pintail, Redhead, Ring-Necked Duck, Ruddy Duck. Shorebirds also arrive in the spring such as American Avocet, Sandhill Crane and Black-Necked Stilt.
Closest town/county: Twin Falls, Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game website

Washington

14. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail: Ledbetter Point Trail
Best time to visit for birding: April and May
Bird species you are likely to see: There are a diversity of species at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Grouse, loons, pied pilled grebe, horned grebe, western grebe, yellow-billed loon, ruffed grouse, pelagic cormorant, double-crested cormorant, shearwaters
Closest town/county: Ilwaco, Washington
National Wildlife Refuge website

15. Olympic Bird Festival
Festival location: Locations vary throughout the Olympic Birding Trail
Festival Dates: April 15th-17th, 2016
Bird species you are likely to see: A large variety of water birds such as harlequin ducks, long tailed duck, common goldeneye, merganser, emperor goose, trumpeter swan. Wading birds including, Sand Piper, Wilsons Snipe, Rock Sandpiper and a host of others.
Closest town/county: Olympic Peninsula, Washington
List of birds seen at the festival
Festival website

16. Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Dungeness Spit, the world’s largest sand pit.
Best time to visit for birding: Between April and August,
Species you are likely to see: Along the estuary you can find Brant, American Widgeon, Harlequin Duck, Black Oyster Catcher, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin. Around the Sand Spit there are Pigeon Guillemot, Caspian Tern, Tufted Puffin,
Closest town/county: Dungeness, Washington
Bird checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

17. Gray’s Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival
Birding trail: Gray’s Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Bowerman’s basin trail.
Festival Dates: May 6th to May 8th 2016.
Species you are likely to see: In the spring there is a massive influx of shorebird, Western Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, Least Sandpiper, and Semipalmated Plover.
Closest town/county: Olympia, Washington
Festival Website
Bird checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

18. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Birding trail: Refuge Trail to boardwalk
Best time to visit for birding: May and August
Species you are likely to see: Pied-Bllled Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-Crested Cormorant, Green-Winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Surf Scooter, Belted Kingfisher
Closest town/county: Olympia, Washington
Bird checklist
National Wildlife Refuge website

Hawaii

19. Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Birding Trail: Bayocean Peninsula County Park bayside trail.
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of the year
Bird Species you are likely to see: ‘lo, Nēnē , pueo owl, Hawai’I Creeper, Elepaio,’ Apapane
Closest town/county: Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
National Wildlife Refuge website

20. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Birding trail: Kipuka Pua’ulu (HAVO Bird Park) Best time to visit for birding: May Bird species you are likely to see: Hawaiian native forest birds including amakihi, apanane, Oma'o
Closest town/city: Kiluea,, Kauai, Hawaii
National Park Website

Birds of Hawaii Volcanoes Na tional Park

21. Paiko Lagoon State Wildlife Sanctuary
Where to go birding: South Shore
Best time to visit: Between October and May Bird species you are likely to see: Hawaii’s state bird, the Hawaiian Stilt, Hawaiian moorhen , Hawiian , Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck
Closest town/county: Oahu
Hawaii Department of Natural Resources Website

22. Haleakala National Park
Birding area: Waikiamoi Preserve
Best time to visit for birding: February to May. The Maui Bird Recovery Project leads bird walks through the preserve. Check their website for the next walk date.
Birding species you are likely to see: `i`iwi,`apapane,`amakihi . Rare species in the preserve include `akohekohe, and the kiwikiu or Maui parrotbill.
Closest town/county: Kaupo, Maui, Hawaii
Preserve Website

23. Pu’u Maka’ala reserve
Birding trail: Wright Road Trail
Best time to visit for birding: Anytime of the year!
Birding species you are likely to see: Endemic species include: pueo(Hawaiian owl), elepaio, amakihi, apapane, pacific golden plover, ‘I’iwi. Koloa Maoli
Closest town/county: Hila, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Preserve Website

Last Updated: August 24, 2017