Two people with binoculars birding above Yosemite Valley.

Some of the more sought-after birds to see in Yosemite include the great gray owl, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, pileated woodpecker, and northern goshawk.

In general, quiet forests and meadows away from developed areas (particularly in the mornings) are the best places to see some of the less common birds. Keep in mind basic birding etiquette; tread lightly and quietly and please follow park rules by refraining from using broadcast bird calls to elicit responses.


Learn More

  • Bird checklist [343 kb PDF]

  • To add to the park's scientific study of birds, email the park ornithologist of any unusual sightings or observed behaviors (include location details).

  • Join a Yosemite Conservancy guide for a birding excursion! In addition to several custom birding outings each year they also offer multiple programs on birds.

  • Check the Yosemite Guide for current program offerings.

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Wildlife biologist Sarah Stock, who is an ornithologist specializing in owls, has worked in the Wildlife Management branch of the Resource Management & Science division in Yosemite National Park since 2006.

Last updated: February 28, 2023

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