FAQ

Wildlife

Where is the best place to bird watch? [in the Mt. Hood area]

There are many places around Mt Hood to search and listen to birds. Oregon Birding Trails is a great document with 30 areas between Welches, Estacada, Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.


Below are the more popular bird watching areas around Mt. Hood:


Wildwood Recreation Area– The closest to Whispering Woods Resort is home to several species of waterfowl.


High Rock Springs Campground–Expect to drive on forest service roads to get to this no-fee campground where you will spot Black-backed & Three-toed Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, and possibly, the elusive Spotted Owl.


Timberline Lodge Looking out the windows of the lodge or just standing in the parking lot, you will be visited by Chickadees, Larks, Finches, Sparrows and Bluebirds.


Timothy Lake – Expect to see Buffleheads, Loons, ducks, grebes, thrushes and gulls.


Trillium Lake – You may get lucky and spot a Bald Eagle or two while walking on the boardwalks around Trillium Lake.


Sahalie Falls– Warblersand Sparrows hang around in the meadows while Thrushes, Jays, Wrens, and Kinglets keep to the forest.

 

What kind of wildlife will I see in the Northwest?

There are many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, and reptiles in the state of Oregon.  Some species only occur during migrations. Not all the animals are listed, due to the amount found in the area. The animals with an * are ones you’ll most likely see while staying at Whispering Woods Resort. 


*Amphibians:
Salamanders
Newts
Frogs & Toads


Birds:
Loons & Grebes
Cormorants & Pelicans
Heron, Bittern & Egrets
*Ducks, *Geese, Swans
*Shorebirds
Quail, Pheasant, Grouse and Turkey
Cranes, Rails, Coots
*Gulls & Terns
Doves & *Pigeons
Owls
*Hummingbirds
*Woodpeckers & Kingfishers
Flycatchers & Larks
Vireos & Shrike
*Crows, *Jays, *Raven & Magpies
Wrens & Kinglets
*Thrushes & Bluebirds
Mockingbirds
*Warblers
*Tanagers
Towhees, Sparrows & Buntings
*Juncos
*Grosbeaks, Finches
Raptors-eagles, *falcons, vulture, *osprey
Murres, Auklets & Puffins
Swifts& Swallows & Martins
Pipits & Waxwings
Starlings
Blackbirds, Grackles, Orioles
Chickadees & Nuthatches

Mammals:

Opossums
Shrews & Moles
*Bats
Hares, Pikas & Rabbits
Beaver
*Chipmunks & *Squirrels
Gophers  & Marmots
Voles, Rats, Mice
Porcupines
Cougar
Fox, Coyote, Wolves
Black Bear
*Racoons & Ringtails
Martens
Ermine
Mink
Wolverines
Skunk, Weasels, Badgers & Otters
Mountain Lion, Lynx & Bobcats
Elk & Pronghorn
Mule, *White & *Black-tail Deer
Sea Lions & Seals
Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises

*Fish
Trout
Salmon
Sturgeon
lamprey
Steelhead

*Reptiles:
Turtles
Lizards
Snakes

 

 

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