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.
Riverfront Regional ParkDeepen your connection to the natural world through writing and sketching. Riverfront has an amazing population of birds on land and water to observe. Explore how proportion plays an important role in differentiation of bird species. Practice quick sketches as our subjects take flight.
Steelhead Beach Regional ParkEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month.
Bird Walk Coastal Access TrailEnjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of every month.