Birding Factoids

466 species
in 47 families

76 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No state endemics
3 USA endemics

Checklist of Oregon BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap
Check out Patricia Micheals' images of her Oregon Birds
Oregon Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Western Meadowlark - Oregon State Bird - Photo by Don Baccus
Photo by Don Baccus

Cinnamon Teal - highest breeding density - Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Western Tanager - Photo copyright Douglas Herr

Photo copyright Douglas Herr

Hermit Warbler - Photo by Jim Stasz

Photo by Jim Stasz

Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Photo copyright Peter LaTourrette

Photo copyright Peter LaTourrette

Canvasback - Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Williamson's Sapsucker - Photo copyright Erik Breden

Photo copyright Erik Breden

Mountain Chickadee - Photo copyright Peter Weber

Photo copyright Peter Weber

Greater White-headed Goose - Photo copyright Jan Kåre Ness

Photo copyright Jan Kåre Ness

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Photo copyright Alain Hogue

Photo copyright Alain Hogue

Red Phalarope - Photo copyright Eric Breden

Photo copyright Eric Breden

Chukar - Photo copyright Jan Kåre Ness

Photo copyright Jan Kåre Ness
    Key to Icons....Klamath Basin NWR and the Key to IconsTule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
      are in southwestern Oregon and northern California, less than 30 miles apart. See also this site.
    Key to Icons....Short guide to winter birding in the Klamath Basin -
      Copyright © 1996, Don Baccus
    Key to Icons....Springtime in Malheur Country! - guide covers a large
      portion of southeastern Oregon centered around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
    Key to Icons....Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
    ....Important Bird Areas in Oregon - Many of these areas are unique
      biomes and have an assemblage of species, thus qualifying for more than one reason.
    ....Oregon Birding Maps - online maps are available for:
      • Oregon National Wildlife Refuges
      • Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges
      • Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
      • Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
      • Finley National Wildlife Refuge
      ...Key to Icons....Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
      • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
      • Newport, Oregon
    ....The Bonney Butte Raptor Project - by Don Baccus -
      Bonney Butte, a lengthy north-south trending ridge lying south of Oregon's Mount Hood, boasts the largest known fall concentration of migrating raptors in Oregon. 
    ....Guide to Shorebird Watching on the North Coast of Oregon - by 
      Mike Patterson. The Pacific Coast fall shorebird migration is somewhat of a misnomer. It begins in June and is usually well beyond complete before the arrival of the autumnal equinox. This guide has been put together to help shorebird enthusiasts plan their schedule for optimum viewing pleasure. 
    ....Birding in Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake - by Greg
      Gillson.Hagg Lake is a popular destination for people escaping the city. The lake is on the edge of the Willamette Valley's grassland and oak groves, and the Coast Range's Douglas-fir forest. Birdlife, therefore, is highly rich and varied. 
    ....Watching Seabirds from Land in the Pacific Northwest
    ....Seabirds from Shore - Key locations for sighting sea birds from 
      the Oregon coast.
    ....Birding on the Oregon Coast - With the ocean, there is never
      a time of year without good, often exciting, birdwatching. However, the coast is best for birding August through April, and pelicans, common murrers, and puffins are at the coast only during these months. The links on this page will take you on a tour of the Oregon Coast's birding hot spots from north to south.
    ....The NorthWest Bird Guide - by Greg Gillson. This website provides
      information and site guides to:
      • Mt. Hood, Oregon 
      • Coos Bay, Oregon 
      ....Key to Icons..Malheur NWR, Oregon 
      • Long Beach, Washington 
      • Portland, Oregon's West Hills 
      • Sauvie Island, Oregon 
      • Seaside, Oregon 
      • Bandon, Oregon 
      • Tillamook, Oregon 
      • Klamath Falls, Oregon 
      • Depoe Bay, Oregon 
      • Lincoln City, Oregon 
    ....Great Birding Spots - from the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, Curry
      County, Oregon
    ....Seawatching at Boiler Bay - part of Noel Warner's birding site.
    ....Birding in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
    ....The Nature Conservancy of Oregon - preserve profiles
      • Camassia Natural Area
      • Sandy River Gorge Preserve
      • Cascade Head Preserve
      • Middle Fork John Day River Preserve
      • Tom McCall Preserve
      • Lower Table Rock Preserve
    ....Oregon National Wildlife Refuge Index - clickable map
      leads to site descriptions for:
      • Ankeny NWR
      • Bandon Marsh NWR
      • Baskett Slough NWR
      • Bear Valley NWR
      • Cape Mearas NWR
      • Cold Springs NWR
      • Lewis and Clark NWR
      • Malheur NWR
      • Mackay Creek NWR
      • Oregon Islands NWR
      • Three Arch Rocks NWR
      • Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex (Toppenish, McNary (Wash.), Umatilla, McKay, Cold Springs NWRs)
      • Upper Klamath NWR
      • William F. Finley NWR
    ....The New Oregon Trail - this site provides another
      set of links to Oregon's Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, National Wilderness areas and National Scenic Rivers
    ....Oregon Trip Reports - a number of Oregon trip reports are available
      from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository".

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Oregon Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Pelagic Cormorantn - Photo copyright Eric Toorman
Photo copyright Eric Toorman
    ....Bird Guide Pelagic Trips - Oregon ocean birding boat trips - Enjoy
      albatrosses and other seabirds at close range! Travel by boat encountering murrelets, auklets, terns, kittiwakes, phalaropes, and jaegers. Once offshore, albatrosses, fulmars, shearwaters, storm-petrels, oceanic gulls, and other seabirds will be right up next to the boat! On-board guides help you see and identify all the birds. 

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Local Birding Events

Dark-eyed Junco - Photo copyright David Geale
Photo copyright David Geale

Spotted Owl - Photo copyright Steve Metz

Photo copyright Steve Metz

Hairy Woodpecker - Photo copyright Robert MacDonald

Photo copyright Robert McDonald
    ....Audubon Society of Portland - Field trips 
    ....Audubon Society of Corvallis - Field trips 
    ....Central Oregon Audubon Society - Calendar of Events
    ....Oregon Field Ornithologists - Birding Weekends
    ....Rogue Valley Audubon Society - Field Trips
    ....Salem Audubon Society - Upcoming Programs 

    ....Klamath Basin Bald Eagle Conference - Feb. 18-20, 2005 - 

      Klamath Falls, Oregon. Claims to be the home of the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. Lots of geese plus tours of the Lower Klamath Falls National Wildlife Refuge and Lava Beds Petroglyph Cliffs. Leslie Lowe, BEC coordinator, 12065 Kestrel Rd., Klamath Falls, OR 97601, phone: 541-882-6509. email:

    ....John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival - April 9-11, 1999 - 

      Burns, Oregon. The 16th annual year of this festival, with over 240 species possible, including Sandhill Cranes, Trumpter Swans and curlews. Contact: Harney Copunty Chamber of Commerce - 18 West D St. - Burns, OR 97720 - Phone: 541-573-2636
    ....Oregon Shorebird Festival - September 11-12, 1999 - Coos Bay,
      Oregon. Beautiful scenery combined with pelagic and shorebird field trips. Possibility of Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross, Sabine's Gull and South Polar Skua's. Contact: Oregon Shorebird Festival - 1691 Grant St. SE - North Bend, OR 97459 - Phone: 503-756-5688

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Rare Bird Alert

Northern Pygmy-Owl - Photo copyright Peter Weber
Photo copyright Peter Weber
        Oregon (Statewide) Hotline: (503) 292-0661 
        Northern Idaho/Eastern Washington/Northeastern Oregon Hotline:
        Klamath Basin Hotline: 541/850-3805 
    ....Oregon Fish and Wildlife - Weekly wildlife viewing report
        Check also Oregon RBA Archives
        Also see the 1999 Bird Highlights for British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon,
      Washington, Yukon

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North American Specialities in Oregon

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species
noted below have been made in this location. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird. Species printed in blue are endangered.

USA Endemics in Oregon

___ Black Rosy-Finch ___ California Condor ___ McKay's Bunting
North American Endemic Specialities in Oregon

___ Allen's Hummingbird
___ Anna's Hummingbird
___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black Oystercatcher
___ Black-chinned Hummingbird
___ Black-chinned Sparrow
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Black-throated Sparrow
___ Black-vented Shearwater
___ Blue Grouse
___ Brandt's Cormorant
___ Brewer's Sparrow
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ California
___ California Thrasher
___ California Towhee
___ Calliope Hummingbird
___ Canyon Wren
___ Cassin's Auklet
___ Cassin's Finch
___ Chestnut-backed Chickadee
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Common Poorwill
___ Cordilleran Flycatcher
___ Costa's Hummingbird
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Grey Flycatcher
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Lawrence's Goldfinch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Lewis's Woodpecker
___ Lucy's Warbler
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mew Gull
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Mountain Chickadee
___ Mountain Plover
___ Mountain Quail
___ Northwestern Crow
___ Nutall's Woodpecker
___ Phainopepla
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Pinyon Jay
___ Plain Titmouse
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Pygmy Nuthatch
___ Red-breasted Sapsucker
___ Red-legged Kittiwake
___ Red-naped Sapsucker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Sage Sparrow
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Scott's Oriole
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Spotted Owl
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Spruce Grouse
___ Timberline Sparrow
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Tricolored Blackbird
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Western Bluebird
___ Western Grebe
___ Western Gull
___ Western Screech-Owl
___ Western Scrub-Jay
___ White-headed Woodpecker
___ Williamson's Sapsucker
___ Wrentit
___ Xantus's Murrelet

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Links checked December 2, 2000