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: 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.
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. Use this checklist (PDF: 503 kB) in combination with a bird field guide to track your observations.
Riverfront Regional ParkEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of the month.
Tolay Lake Regional ParkWhat is a raptor? What do they eat? Young scientists and their families will find out by looking for raptors and dissecting pellets coughed-up by local species on this flat, 2-mile hike.
Shiloh Ranch Regional ParkEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of the month.
Spring Lake Regional Park - Shady Oaks Picnic AreaOne bird, two bird, black bird, blue bird – let’s see how many species we can find. Join Regional Parks and Madrone Audubon Society for an easy 1-mile stroll around Spring Lake in search of our feathered winter residents.