Birding Oregon

Along its rocky coast you’ll find black oystercatchers year round. In the winter, rock sandpiper and surfbird.  Head east into Mediterranean climate of the Willamette Valley, which boasts 420 bird species on its checklist. Farther east, climb the Cascades to find Lewis’s and white-headed woodpeckers, Clark’s nutcracker, Cassin’s finch and red crossbill. Look for the sooty grouse in western Oregon. The eastern half of Oregon is dominated by high desert, where you might find dusky grouse among Douglas firs and lodgepole pines. Listen for pygmy nuthatch and varied thrush.


  • Oregon Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Oregon Birding Hotspots

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A view of the Steens Mountains from the Buena Vista Overlook located in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Jeff Sorn, Oregon DOT / Wikimedia Commons.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

You never know what’s around the next corner in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. And that’s what keeps it interesting for birders who return year after year.
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