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

  • 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

  • 64. Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu, California

    See Brown Pelican, gulls, terns, shorebirds, hummingbirds, and much more at this state beach just west of Los Angeles.
    By Neil Losin | Published: 2/20/2009

  • 63. Allendale Celery Farm, Allendale, New Jersey

    This wildlife oasis in suburban northern New Jersey is one of the best places in the Garden State to look for American Bittern and Virginia Rail.
    By Rob Fanning | Published: 2/20/2009