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

  • 80. Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, South El Monte, California

    See Yellow-breasted Chat, California Thrasher, California Towhee, Least Bell's Vireo, and other birds at this greenspace east of downtown Los Angeles.
    By Catherine Waters | Published: 10/23/2009

  • 79. Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson, Arizona

    This water-treatment facility in Tucson is where to go for Abert's Towhee, Harris's and Red-tailed Hawks, Cactus Wren, Pyrrhuloxia, Greater Roadrunner, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
    By Matthew Brooks | Published: 10/23/2009

  • 78. Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto, Ontario

    Find cormorants, night-herons, warblers, thrushes, owls, shorebirds, waterfowl, and egrets at this globally significant Important Bird Area on Lake Ontario.
    By Tom Flinn | Published: 10/23/2009

  • 77. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light, New Jersey

    The most reliable site in New Jersey for wintering Harlequin Ducks, and a great place to see shorebirds, falcons, eiders, gulls, and longspurs.
    By William Jobes | Published: 10/23/2009

  • 76. Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, Hockley, Texas

    This nature preserve north of Houston is a top spot for Brown-headed Nuthatch and Greater Roadrunner, songbirds and woodpeckers in summer, and hawks and hummingbirds in fall.
    By Fred Collins | Published: 8/21/2009

  • 75. Cement Creek Reservoir, Fort Worth, Texas

    This lake next to Meacham International Airport is a great place to see shorebirds, waterfowl, Least Terns, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, sparrows, and many other birds.
    By Gail Morris | Published: 8/21/2009

  • 74. Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago's modern-day birding mecca, located on the Lake Michigan shore, is the place to see warblers, gulls, terns, sparrows, shorebirds, orioles, and rarities
    By Demetri Lafkas | Published: 8/21/2009

  • 73. Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

    This park on the banks of the Scioto River south of downtown Columbus is a great spot to watch waterfowl, sandpipers, warblers, flycatchers, and kingfishers. Plus, rarities fly in often.
    By Jim McCormac | Published: 8/21/2009