If You Don't Birdwatch in Oregon, You'll Hate Yourself Later

Book your room, pack your binoculars and set out on your bird watching adventure to Oregon! The state's diverse and spectacular landscape provide varied habitats ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. More than 500 species of birds call Oregon home year round or migrate through, sometimes stopping to nest.

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has 65 quality assured inns scattered throughout the state, each near a unique birding opportunity. Our innkeepers know the most favorable viewing areas and after providing a comfy bed, hearty breakfast and useful information, will send you off on an extraordinary birding adventure.  The Guild recognizes this popular activity and has dedicated a page to Birdwatching that includes inns where innkeepers can share the best observation sites and what you might expect to see.
 
Sandhill Cranes in the Eastern Oregon fieldsWatch surfbirds and black oystercatchers scramble over rocky headlands along the Oregon Coast. Explore the alpine meadows, picturesque lakes, mountain streams, and dense conifer forests of the Cascades in search of Lewis's woodpecker and Clark's nutcracker. Listen to the song of hermit warblers among majestic pines framing the snowy volcanic peaks. Mt. Jefferson, Oregon's second highest peak, is bordered by dry sagebrush and juniper flats and dense forested corridors. Harlequin Duck reaches it highest density here and the high mountain lakes host typically east-side species. You'll find bird-rich riparian zones along major rivers like the Metolius and Deschutes.

The murmur of thousands of snow geese will mesmerize as they settle to rest in the tule marshes of the Klamath Basin and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Smell blooming sage as the song of Brewer's sparrows fills the warm evening air in the high deserts Central Oregon.  Salem, Oregon's state capital, is a leader in urban forestry, with tree-lined streets and 40 city parks and is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River so no wonder there are many birding sites in it's backyard.
Supporting one of the highest concentrations of breeding hawks and eagles in North America, the Zumwalt Prairie in Eastern Oregon, is also home to falcons making this a haven for birds of prey and 17 species of grassland songbirds. The nearby Wallowa Lake has a wide variation in habitat and terrain drawing a large number of species.

When your journey ends, your bags are unpacked, and you're scrolling through your vacation photos you will reminisce on memories of great accommodations, food, conversation and of course birding in Oregon.

You don't want to kick yourself later. Visit Oregon Today!

 

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