• 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 Regional Park

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. 

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

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.

Bodega Bay

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. 

  • When: November 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    What 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.

  • When: November 27, 2019 from 8:30 10:30 AM

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

  • When: December 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM 1:00 PM

    Spring Lake Regional Park - Shady Oaks Picnic Area
    One 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. 

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