• 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: February 2, 2020 from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

    Spring Lake Regional Park - Environmental Discovery Center
    Our feathered friends will be returning home soon, so let’s give them a helping hand. Help clean out nesting boxes, discover the talents of nest building, learn to identify migrating bird species and finally, make your very own birdhouse to take home. 

  • When: February 8, 2020 from 11:00 AM 1:00 PM

    Spring Lake Regional Park - Boat Launch Parking Lot
    Get outdoors for an accessible hike for all abilities and ages on a level trail. On this scenic trip, we will explore the natural wonders of our coastal marsh, learn about local birds and engage our senses with nature observation activities. 

  • When: February 26, 2020 from 8:30 10:30 AM

    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Enjoy leisurely bird walks for all levels of experience on the last Wednesday of the month. 

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