Sonoma County offers some of the best birding in the region, thanks to its diverse landscapes and location on the West Coast flyway. Bird watching in the Regional Parks is a popular pastime, and with so many sites to choose from, vantage points are plentiful and memorable.
Spring Lake Regional Park
- This park is located within Santa Rosa, yet sightings here are remarkable, especially during migration. You may see a variety of geese, egrets, herons, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, jays, warblers and sparrows.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail
- Our newest trail is also a bird watching hot spot, thanks to the unique and complex habitat of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland. More than 200 species of birds are known to reside in or feed and rest in the Laguna in the course of migration.
- We have several coastal parks in Bodega Bay where you can spot pelagic birds on the water, shorebirds in the mudflats and waterfowl on the harbor. Doran Beach and the
coastal access trails are some of the birding opportunities to explore.
Riverfront Regional Park
- This park on the Russian River west of Windsor is a nesting spot for great blue herons from January through July. Each spring, a Regional Park ranger conducts a heron presentation in the park, sharing information about the birds and their habitat and then leading a viewing walk.
Tolay Lake Regional Park
- In the hills southeast of Petaluma, Tolay Lake is habitat for hawks, eagles, owls, white-tailed kites and many other birds. This park is open to permit holders on weekends. If you're interested in birding here, please attend our free park orientation and receive a permit that will allow you to visit the park on weekends.
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Winging It Wednesdays are easy-paced and wheelchair accessible birding walks in Sonoma County's parklands. Birding expert Dave LaCasse leads these free, family hikes on the last Wednesday of each month as he helps you identify and learn more about our local birds. Walks start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.
Join us on these walks as we venture out for sightings of our feathered friends: