Central Oregon Birds

Sarah and I decided to take a weekend trip to central Oregon to enjoy the sunny weather and see some birds that are unique to the east side of the Cascades.

We drove to Camp Sherman on Friday afternoon, stayed in a small motel near the Metolius River, and returned to Portland Sunday evening.

On Saturday, we spent a long day birding a variety of habitats such as pine forests, riparian areas, and wildfire sites.

It was great to see drycountry birds like Pinyon Jays and Green-tailed Towhees while taking in amazing views of the Cascade peaks. We can't wait to return next year!


Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Common Goldeneye
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Common Nighthawk
Calliope Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
White-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-pewee
Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Violet Green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
American Dipper
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Swainson's Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Macgilivary's Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Cassin's Finch
Pine Siskin
Red Crossbill
House Sparrow


  1. Nice list! I went to Sisters Memorial Day weekend but it was fairly rainy...did see a White-headed Woodpecker tho! Going again next weekend which should bring better weather for birds!


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