Famous for its stunning natural beauty and active outdoors scene, it’s no wonder that Bend is such a fantastic place to go birding! Below, we’ve laid out a few tips and tricks to help you get the most of your experience while birding in Bend. Read on to learn more!
See the Majestic Birds of Bend
To the northwest of downtown Bend are the Hatfield Lakes, a prime birding spot. Situated in a landscape of towering pines, sagebrush, and juniper set against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, the Hatfield Lakes are well-known for their shorebirds and migrating waterfowl.
Cattails and bulrush vegetation creates a cozy habitat for species like Marsh Wren, Virginia Rail, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Sora. The open water draws in geese and ducks. From season to season, the shifting water levels allow for shorebird species such as Pectoral Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers, and Least Sandpipers to create a habitat. Red-necked Phalaropes, Wilson’s Phalaropes, and Long-billed Dowitcher also take advantage of the lower water levels.
Bend is also the starting point for the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail, a path along one thousand miles of scenic roadways that covers as many as two hundred different sites. You can spot species such as Bald Eagle, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Oregon’s state bird, the Western Meadowlark in diverse environments such as the Deschutes River’s riparian habitat or the lava flows close by the Dee Wright Observatory. The area is also known to have upwards of eleven different species of woodpecker alone, honored by the Annual Woodpecker Wonderland Festival in nearby Sisters each year.
Even downtown Bend and the Old Mill District, vastly more urban than most Bend birding sites, are known for their unique varieties of birds. Owl species like the Western Screech Owl and the Great Horned Owl are frequently spotted in Drake Park and suburban neighborhoods. Pilot Butte is home to Robins, Bluebirds, and the rare Bohemian Waxwing with its spiky head and contrasting orange and silver feathers. Shevlin Park near Tumalo Creek hosts rare Pygmy Owls and Lewis’ Woodpeckers. Binoculars for birding can be rented out from the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District.
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