Photo by Edward Kent
Photo by Tom Reynolds
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stillwater Cove Regional ParkListen for chirps, caws, hoots, and shrieks of our summer resident birds on leisurely bird walks for all levels of birding experience.
Foothill Regional ParkFamilies, take flight into the wonderful world of birding! Join us the first Sunday of each month for a leisurely stroll through the park, while we introduce the basic techniques of birding.
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial BeachCelebrate the winged wonders that makes the Russian River their migratory stopover, the Vaux’s swifts.
Bird Walk Coastal Access TrailFly by with the birds along the Pacific Flyway…fall migration is underway! Enjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month.