Birding on Orcas Island

Bird watching on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, and particularly at Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast, is a memorable experience for any birder. At the bottom see links to other useful birding sites. We have a well-positioned photo area for great image taking!!

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On the following list are birds that can be sighted in and around the various habitats of Orcas Island during various seasons of the year. This is a site-specific list and does not include all the birds sighted on Orcas Island. A comprehensive list of the birds in the San Juan Islands, can be found as a checklist in the book, Birding in the San Juan Islands, by Mark Lewis & Fred A. Sharpe.

Key
Seasons: All=All seasons, W=Winter, Sp=Spring, S=Summer, F=Fall
Occurrence: A= abundant; seen almost always
C= common; often seen
U= uncommon; seen occasionally
* indicates nesting and breeding on Island.
OP= Identified at Otters Pond

Bird List

  • Pied-billed Grebe * All / C / OP
  • Double-crested Cormorant * All / C/OP
  • Great Blue Heron*? All / C/OP
  • Trumpeter Swan F,W,Sp / C/OP
  • Canada Goose* All / C/OP
  • Mallard* All / A/OP
  • Northern Pintail F,W,Sp / C/
  • Blue-winged Teal S / U
  • Cinnamon Teal*? Sp, S / U
  • Gadwall* All / C
  • American Widgeon Sp,W,F / A/OP
  • Canvasback Duck Sp,W / U/OP
  • Ringed-neck Duck* All / A/OP
  • Lesser Scaup Sp,W / U
  • Common Goldeneye F,W,Sp / C/OP
  • Hooded Merganser* All / C/OP
  • Common Merganser F,W,Sp / C/OP
  • Red-breasted Merganser F,W,SP / C/OP
  • Osprey* Sp,S,F / U/OP
  • Bald Eagle* All / C/OP
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk* All / C/OP
  • Cooper’s Hawk* All / C/OP
  • Night Hawk * S/OP
  • Red-tailed Hawk* All / A/OP
  • Golden Eagle* All / U/OP
  • American Kestrel All / U
  • Merlin All / U
  • Peregrine Falcon* All / U/OP
  • Rough-legged Hawk F,W / U
  • Ring-necked Pheasant All / U
  • American Coot* All / C/OP
  • California Quail* All / A
  • Black-bellied Plover F,W,Sp / U
  • Semi-palmated Plover Sp,F / U
  • Bufflehead F,W,SP / A/OP
  • Killdeer* All / C
  • Greater Yellowlegs F,W,Sp / C
  • Black Turnstone F,W,Sp / C
  • Sanderling F,W,Sp / U
  • Western Sandpiper F,Sp / U
  • Least Sandpiper F,Sp / U
  • Dunlin F,W,Sp / C
  • Short-billed Dowitcher Sp,F / U
  • Long-billed Dowitcher Sp,F / U
  • Common Snipe Sp,S,F / U/OP
  • Bonapart’s Gull Sp,W.F / C
  • Heerman’s Gull F / C
  • Thayer’s Gull W / C
  • Mew Gull Sp,S,F / A
  • Glaucous-winged Gull* All / A
  • Rock Dove* All / C
  • Band-tailed Pigeon* All / C/OP
  • Mourning Dove* Sp,S / U/OP
  • Western Screech Owl* All / U
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl* All / U
  • Great Horned Owl* All / C/OP
  • Rufous Hummingbird* Sp,S / A/OP
  • Belted Kingfisher* All / C/OP
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker W U
  • Downy Woodpecker* All / C/OP
  • Hairy Woodpecker* All / C/OP
  • Northern Flicker* All / A/OP
  • Pileated Woodpecker* All / C/OP
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher* S / C
  • Western Wood Peewee* S / U
  • Pacific Slope Flycatcher* Sp,S / U
  • Tree Swallow* Sp,S / A/OP
  • Violet-green Swallow* Sp,S / A/OP
  • Cliff Swallow Sp,S / C
  • Barn Swallow Sp,S,F / A
  • American Crow* All / A/OP
  • Common Raven All / C/OP
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee* All / C/OP
  • Bushtit* All / C/OP
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch* All / C/OP
  • Brown Creeper* All / U
  • Bewick’s Wren* All / C
  • House Wren S / C
  • Winter Wren All / C/OP
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet* All / C
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet F,W,Sp / U
  • Swainson’s Thrush* S / C
  • Hermit Thrush Sp,W,F / U
  • American Robin* All / A/OP
  • Varied Thrush Sp,W,F / C/OP
  • Cedar Waxwing* S,F / C/OP
  • European Starling* All / A/OP
  • Cassin’s Vireo S / U
  • Northern Shrike F,W / U
  • Hutton’s Vireo* All / U
  • Warbling Vireo* S / C
  • Orange-crowned Warbler* Sp,S / C
  • Yellow Warbler* S / U
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler* Sp,S,F / C
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler* S / U
  • Common Yellowthroat* S / C
  • Wilson’s Warbler* S / U
  • Western Tanager* S / U
  • Black-headed Grosbeak* S / U/OP
  • Spotted Towhee* All / A/OP
  • Chipping Sparrow* Sp,S / C
  • Savannah Sparrow* Sp,S / C
  • Fox Sparrow F,S,Sp / U
  • Song Sparrow* All / A
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow F,W,Sp / C/OP
  • White-crowned Sparrow* F,S,Sp / C/OP
  • Dark-eyed Junco* All / A/OP
  • Brewer’s Blackbird All / C
  • Red-winged Blackbird* All / C/OP
  • Brown-headed Blackbird* Sp,S / C/OP
  • Purple Finch* All / U/OP
  • House Finch* All / C/OP
  • Red Crossbill* All / U
  • Pine Siskin* All / C/OP
  • American Goldfinch* S,F / C/OP
  • Evening Grosbeak* All / U/OP
  • Wood Duck* C SP S/OP
  • Steller Blue Jay * SP/S/F//OP