Pittock Mansion is located 2 miles West of downtown Portland. Traveling W on Burnside 0.6 miles past the intersection with NW Macleay Blvd, turn R onto NW Barnes Rd. Go 0.1 mile, then turn R on NW Pittock Ave. After 0.2 mile turn R on NW Pittock Dr and go 0.3 miles to reach the mansion grounds. There is a fee to park there.
Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail. Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Portland Loop Guide. Section P-11.Directions
Habitat and Birds
The Pittock Mansion is a stately house built in 1912 with a commanding view of Portland, Cascade peaks and the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The grounds are part of the Portland park system and have second-growth mixed forest as well as ornamental plantings.
In winter, watch for Varied Thrush, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin. In summer, Vaux’s Swifts can be seen overhead and Violet-green Swallows often nest in the nearby neighborhood. Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hutton’s Vireo, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak and Wilson’s Warbler nest there. The area is also very good for migrant songbirds. Over the years many local rarities have been found from there including Long-tailed Jaeger, White-tailed Kite, Golden Eagle, Acorn Woodpecker, Mountain Chickadee, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin’s Finch and Northern Parula.
Note that the grounds can be busy on weekends with visitors.