• 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 Bird GuideSightings 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: 757 kB) 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.

Doran Bird GuideOn 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. Use this checklist (PDF: 503 kB) in combination with a bird field guide to track your observations. 

  • When: December 15, 2021 from 8:30 10:30 AM

    Hunter Creek Trail
    Enjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of the month. These outings led by parks staff and volunteers are designed especially for older adults to enjoy nature and each other’s company.

  • When: January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

    Doran Regional Park, Jetty Day Use
    Entertained by birds? Enjoy kayaking? Why not mix the two? Birdwatching is a great way to observe animals in their natural habitat, and being on the water allows you to see a wide variety of birds, and other wildlife.

  • When: January 22, 2022 from 9:00 10:30 AM

    Bird Walk Coastal Trail
    Beginning birding workshops for all ages.

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The Birds of Spring Lake Park