What to Do in Lake Arrowhead: Bird Watching

If you’re a nature lover spending time in Southern California, you’ve likely already discovered the joys of hanging out in Lake Arrowhead, whether you choose to bike, hike or picnic. But a potential hobby which might have escaped your attention is bird watching, aka “birding.” Inexpensive, engaging and easy to learn, this interest is explained by Audubon Society author Nicholas Lund as “the greatest pursuit available to a citizen of the modern world.” While Lund’s opinion may not be universal, his enthusiasm is infectious:

young blonde woman hiking and watching through binoculars.

“(Birdwatching) is basically a lifelong scavenger hunt played across the entire earth. It’s equal parts science and poetry, hoots of triumph and quiet reflection, adventures to far-flung corners of the world and discoveries in your own backyard.”

Bird-Watching GearBirdwatching Travel Binocular Outline Icon

To start birding, all you’ll need are binoculars and a field guide or Smartphone app to help identify the birds, and a notebook to record your finds. If you would prefer bird-watching from the comfort of your own Lake Arrowhead home or Arrowhead rental property, you may want to invest in a bird feeder and a bird bath to bring the beaked wonders directly to you. If you prefer to travel the mountain in search of the winged creatures, here are a few bird-watching hotspots you won’t want to miss this spring:

Male violet sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus) in flight

Hummingbird (archilochus colubris) in flight with lily flowers

  • Arrowhead Village – 18 species have been identified in the immediate surrounding area.
  • Green Valley Lake—Located off Highway 330 just outside of Running Springs, this community is home to dozens of birds all year long.
  • Heaps Peak Arboretum – with an Adventure Pass, you can spend the day at this easily accessible, freeway adjacent day use area. Located at 6,000′, Heaps Peak is open 365 days a year and is free to the public. The unique arboretum and botanical gardens greet visitors with a diversity of native plants. Open all year.

Birds and butterfliesBirds you’ might see in the Lake Arrowhead Area

Dark-eyed Junco

Duck – Bread has little nutritional value and can stifle ducklings’ growth. Bread also pollutes waterways and attracts rodents and other pests. If you want to feed the ducks on Lake Arrowhead, please stick with pellets, which are available by-the-bag at many Village shops. If you decide to bring your own food to feed the ducks, choose oats, peas, corn, earthworms, mealworms or chopped lettuce.79e75c59-0ffb-4e0c-8a20-887e0c6ac570



Mountain Chickadee

Northern Flicker


Pygmy Nuthatch

Red Tail Hawk



Western Bluebird


Great Spotted WoodpeckerWhether you’re a bird lover or not, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter, especially in the snow, you can’t improve on the beauty and fun afforded by the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.


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