Pittock Mansion

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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.

Pittock Mansion website

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.


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.