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

  • 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

  • 62. Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida

    Find Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow and many other species in this vast wilderness between Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.
    By Jeff Bouton | Published: 2/20/2009

  • 61. Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Ocean, North Carolina

    This longleaf pine savannah forest is home to Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman's Sparrow and attracts migrating sandpipers, tanagers, warblers, woodpeckers, ducks, and more.
    By Jamie Cameron | Published: 2/20/2009

  • 60. Falls of the Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky

    See shorebirds and songbirds in spring and fall, and loons, gulls, and ducks in winter at this state park located just minutes from downtown Louisville.
    By Win Ahrens | Published: 12/26/2008

  • 59. St. Joseph River Mouth, St. Joseph, Michigan

    This prime birding spot on Lake Michigan, including Tiscornia Beach Park, is a great place to see Peregrine Falcon, jaegers, shorebirds, migrating songbirds, and rarities.
    By Walter Booth | Published: 12/26/2008

  • 58. Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

    This urban wilderness is a great spot to see Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Peregrine Falcon, scoters, grebes, Pigeon Guillemot, ducks, and Hooded Merganser.
    By Diann MacRae | Published: 12/26/2008

  • 57. Russ Pitman Park, Bellaire, Texas

    This small park in the Houston metro area attracts 4-5 hummingbird species each winter, is a reliable spot for Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers in spring, and is home to Eastern Screech-Owls in summer.
    By Fred Collins | Published: 12/26/2008