• Great Egret at Santa Rosa Creek Trail

    Photo by Edward Kent

  • Female Common Merganser at Spring Lake
  • Black Crowned Night Heron at Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

    Photo by Edward Kent

  • Snowy Plovers at Doran Regional Park

    Photo by Tom Reynolds

  • Green Heron at Spring Lake Park

    Photo by Tom Reynolds

Bird Watching

Sonoma County offers some of the best birding in the region, thanks to its diverse landscapes and location on the Pacific Flyway. Here are a few popular parks for bird-watching. Go to Find a Park for a complete list.  

Spring Lake Regional Park

Sightings at this Santa Rosa park are remarkably diverse, especially during migration. You may see geese, egrets, herons, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, jays, warblers, sparrows, and other birds while enjoying a walk around the lake. Use this checklist(PDF: 757kB) in combination with a bird field guide to track your observations. 

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

This trail near Sebastopol is a birding hot spot, due to the unique and complex habitat of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland. More than 200 species of birds are known to reside in, feed or rest in the Laguna.

Bodega Bay

On Bodega Bay, Doran Beach and the Bird Walk and Pinnacle Gulch coastal access trails are where you may spot pelagic birds on the water, shorebirds in the mudflats and waterfowl on the harbor. 

  • When: December 26, 2018 from 8:30 10:30 AM

    Spud Point Marina
    Enjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month. 

  • When: January 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Nesting season is just around the corner. Help a bird out! Build a bird box. 

  • When: January 30, 2019 from 8:30 10:30 AM

    Hunter Creek Trail
    Enjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month. 

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The Birds of Spring Lake Park