Hotspots Near You

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How to find a hotspot

Each of the blue placemarks on the map above points to one of our Hotspots Near You, and each red placemark points to a hotspot we’ve described in a feature story. You can zoom in to your area using the + symbol in the lower right, 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

  • 98. Rockfish Valley, Nellysford, Virginia

    Just south of I-64 in central Virginia is the Rockfish Valley Trail, where you can see ducks, sparrows, kingfishers, and woodpeckers. And at the nearby Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, thousands of Broad-winged and other hawks fly past each fall.
    By Marshall Faintich | Published: 8/20/2010

  • 97. Sandy Point Beach, Yarmouth, Maine

    This coastal migrant trap on Cousin’s Island is the site of massive early-morning fall flights of songbirds, including robins, Yellow-rumped and Blackpoll Warblers, kinglets, siskins, parulas, and other birds.
    By Derek Lovitch | Published: 8/20/2010

  • 96. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii

    This wildlife refuge on the northernmost island of the main Hawaiian Islands is home to shearwaters, tropicbirds, boobies, and frigatebirds, and it’s one of the best places in the world to see albatrosses.
    By Hob Osterlund | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 95. Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, California

    This popular birding hotspot in the heart of redwood country attracts huge flocks of shorebirds, as well as Peregrine Falcons, White-tailed Kites, rails, gulls, phoebes, sparrows, hummingbirds, and bitterns.
    By Jeffrey Rich | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 94. Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    This popular state park west of Madison is a great spot for Yellow-breasted Chat, Bell’s Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, Whip-poor-will, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole.
    By Steve Betchkal | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 93. Savannas Preserve State Park, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

    Visit this coastal state park to find Wood Storks, ibises, herons, Brown Pelicans, Florida Scrub-Jays, and Roseate Spoonbills.
    By Jamie Hansen | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 92. Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Decatur, Georgia

    This 28-acre greenspace near the North Dekalb Mall is a great spot to prowl for warblers, grosbeaks, orioles, sparrows, wrens, and thrushes. And it’s nothing short of a “magic spot” for witnessing the American Woodcock’s annual courtship display.
    By Mark and Selena Kiser | Published: 4/23/2010

  • 91. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, Oregon

    This refuge southwest of Portland is full of warblers, towhees, and Lazuli Bunting in spring and migrating shorebirds, including Long-billed Dowitcher, in fall.
    By Lauretta Young | Published: 4/23/2010