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

  • 120. William L. Finley NWR, Corvallis, Oregon

    This large waterfowl haven located between Corvallis and Eugene is an overwintering site for the Dusky Canada Goose, and it’s a great spot to see California Quail, Western Meadowlark, Lazuli Bunting, and other birds.
    By Rhonda Ostertag | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 119. Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, New Mexico

    The canyons and plateaus of this National Park Service-operated property north of Santa Fe are where to go for Grace’s and Virginia’s Warblers, Spotted Owl, Zone-tailed Hawk, and Hepatic Tanager.
    By Steve Betchkal | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 118. Bear Run Nature Reserve, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

    Find warblers, tanagers, thrushes, grouse, and other birds within a stone’s throw of Fallingwater.
    By Jerry Uhlman | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 117. Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Colorado

    This concert venue and park in metro Denver is a great spot to find Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, American Dipper, Bullock’s Oriole, Say’s Phoebe, and Golden Eagle.
    By Doris Cruze | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 116. Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Carpinteria, California

    Shorebirds, raptors, ducks, Lesser Goldfinch, Barn Owl, and Anna’s Hummingbird are among the many great birds that rely on this coastal wetland east of Santa Barbara.
    By Chuck Graham | Published: 4/22/2011

  • 115. Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, Farmington, Utah

    This hotspot on the Great Salt Lake attracts pelicans, cranes, and avocets in spring, gulls and terns in fall, and Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles in winter.
    By Lu Giddings | Published: 4/22/2011

  • 114. Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh, North Carolina

    This park south of downtown Raleigh is where to find Kentucky and other warblers, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, and other songbirds in spring and summer, plus sparrows and ducks in winter.
    By Nathan Swick | Published: 4/22/2011

  • 113. Lake Osakis, Osakis, Minnesota

    This central Minnesota Important Bird Area is a great place to watch courting Western and Clark’s Grebes in spring and as many as 50,000 Purple Martins in late summer.
    By Carrol Henderson | Published: 4/22/2011