Hotspots Near You

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Each of the blue placemarks on the map above points to one of our Hotspots Near You. Click on the map to open it in a new window. You can zoom in to your area using the + symbol in the upper left, and you can move the map by grabbing it with your cursor. Click on any placemark, and you’ll see a brief description of the site and its birds as well as a link to read more.

About “Hotspots Near You”

We’ve published Hotspots Near You since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home.

List of All Hotspots

  • 184. Mount Ord, Sunflower, Arizona

    This steep mountain northeast of Phoenix is where to find Arizona’s mountain warblers — Virginia’s, Black-throated Gray, Grace’s, Olive, and Painted Redstart — and many other birds.
    By Jim Burns | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 183. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, Montana

    Go to this refuge on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula for swans, hawks, warblers, kinglets, woodpeckers, and owls.
    By Susie Wall | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 182. Alley Pond Park, Queens, New York

    This city park attracts lots of warblers, vireos, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds in spring, rarities in fall, and waterfowl in winter.
    By David Speiser | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 181. Luther Marsh WMA, Grand Valley, Ontario

    A large marsh northwest of Toronto where you can find waterfowl, songbirds, bitterns, cranes, terns, and more.
    By Van Waffle | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 180. The Presidio, San Francisco, California

    This former army base, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a great place to look for songbirds, hummingbirds, shorebirds, and herons.
    By Audrey Medina | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 179. Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, Oregon

    A private resort in Deschutes National Forest where visiting birders can look for ducks, shorebirds, tanagers, chickadees, and 11 species of woodpecker.
    By Lauretta Young | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 178. Mercer Meadows, Lawrence Township, New Jersey

    A 1,600-acre park north of Trenton where you can find raptors and owls in winter and songbirds and other migrants in spring and fall.
    By William Jobes | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 177. Provo Airport Dike, Provo, Utah

    This earthen berm that winds around the Provo airport is a great place to find waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and passerines.
    By Keeli Marvel | Published: 12/17/2013