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.
Gualala Point Regional Park - Whale Watch PointJoin us at Whale Watch Point to view migrating and local seabirds with Doug Forsell, retired US Fish and Wildlife Service seabird biologist, and participate in the iNaturalist San Francisco Bay Area City Nature Challenge.
Coastal Prairie Trail - Bodega Bay Community CenterEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month. These outings are designed especially for older adults and their friends to enjoy nature and each other’s company. Wheelchair accessible.
Helen Putnam 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.