For avian enthusiasts, Vancouver, WA is a great place to live. With its convenient road links and beautiful surroundings, there are so many great opportunities for birdwatching in this little slice of Cascadia heaven.
1. Washougal River State Park
One of the most popular state parks in the area, Washougal River State Park contains a variety of habitats, playing host to a wide range of bird species. Varieties seen in the park include surf scooters, lesser goldfinches, gray flycatchers, and white-faced ibis. Stick around for a few hours and you’re sure to spot a good mix.
Several scenic trails wind through the park, offering plenty of opportunities to travel around this pleasant park and find the perfect spot for a day of birding. The park is just half an hour’s drive east of Vancouver and features plenty of parking and recreational facilities.
2. Silver Star Scenic Area
Silver Star Scenic Area really lives up to its name, with its rocky vistas, river views, and wide-open skies. It’s also a popular spot with birders, who have the chance to spot a wide range of species while hiking its trails. Species sometimes seen in the area include black phoebes and red-shouldered hawks, while the stunning backdrops provide the perfect setting for wildlife photographers.
This beautiful natural area is located in Yacolt, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Vancouver. As one of the most beautiful spots in the region, it’s well worth the journey
3. Guy W. Talbot State Park
Another great place for a little birding is Guy W. Talbot State Park. Centered around the beautiful Latourell Falls, and also containing a variety of woodland and meadow habitats, it’s home to a huge variety of birds, and you’re sure to spot something interesting, no matter what time of year you visit. Goldeneyes, mourning doves, hummingbirds, and rails can all be seen in the area.
Located just over the Oregon border, close to Troutdale, this vast park is about 40 minutes from Vancouver by car. Featuring a range of scenic trails for you to enjoy exploring the park, along with a range of other recreational opportunities, it’s got a little something for everyone.
4. Vancouver Lake Regional Park
You don’t need to travel far for some quality birding action. Vancouver Lake Regional Park is located right here in town and features a large number of quality spots for spotting rare species. The pristine Vancouver Lake and its densely forested surroundings provide an ideal home for a variety of species, including northern flickers, pileated woodpeckers, red-breasted sapsuckers, and belted kingfishers.
The park can be found on Northwest Lower River Road. Plenty of parking is available onsite, but please note fees are charged. There are also picnic areas onsite, so you can stop for a little lunch after a successful day’s birding!
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