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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

  • 72. Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland

    Just south of the famed eagle- and gull-watching site at Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna State Park is the premier spot in the region to observe Cerulean Warblers. Also look for orioles, wrens, hawks, herons, and terns.
    By William Jobes | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 71. Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville, Illinois

    This Chicago-area birding site features a fall hawk watch and is where to go to see Blue-winged Warbler, Dickcissel, Summer Tanager, Lapland Longspurs, Rough-legged Hawk, and many other species.
    By Jeff Chapman | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 70. Lake Los Carneros Ecological Preserve, Goleta, California

    Pull off Highway 101 west of Santa Barbara to watch Black-chinned Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, bitterns, sapsuckers, and breeding Western Kingbird, Black Phoebe, Spotted Towhee, and White-tailed Kite.
    By Joan Easton Lentz | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 69. Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York

    New York City's fourth largest park is a great spot to watch spring and fall migrants, including warblers, thrushes, and grosbeaks, as well as Rusty Blackbird, Snow Bunting, and Wood Duck.
    By Tom Fiore | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 68. Noblewood Park, Willsboro, New York

    The premier birding hotspot in the Champlain Valley attracts Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, Bonaparte's Gull, Caspian Tern, grebes, ducks, pipits, and Snow Bunting.
    By John Thaxton | Published: 4/24/2009

  • 67. Mount Tabor Park, Portland, Oregon

    This Portland city park is the place to see Anna's Hummingbird, Western Screech-Owl, Townsend's, Hermit, and MacGillivray's Warblers, Western Tanager, Band-tailed Pigeon, and Varied Thrush, and to meet up with fellow birdwatchers
    By John Rakestraw | Published: 4/24/2009

  • 66. Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Chester, Virginia

    Find Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers, Orchard Oriole, Bald Eagle, Summer Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker, and American Bittern at this county park 20 miles south of Richmond
    By Jerry Uhlman | Published: 4/24/2009

  • 65. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Located about a mile from Philadelphia International Airport, this 1,200-acre preserve is where to see warblers, vireos, and other songbirds in spring and fall, Northern Saw-whet Owl in winter, as well as Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon
    By Edie Parnum | Published: 4/24/2009