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

  • 110. Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts

    Just north of downtown Boston and reachable by subway, this beach is one of the most reliable places we know of for Manx Shearwater. Also go for Piping Plover and other shorebirds, gulls, loons, Common Eider, and more.
    By Soheil Zendeh | Published: 2/15/2011

  • 109. Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, New York

    This state park in the Palisades region is a great place to find Golden-winged, Cerulean, and other warblers, as well as vireos, buntings, orioles, and much more.
    By David Speiser | Published: 2/15/2011

  • 108. Potter Marsh, Anchorage, Alaska

    Arctic Tern, Rusty Blackbird, shorebirds, warblers, ducks, and sparrows are among the great birds you can see at this popular birding destination 10 miles from downtown Anchorage.
    By Mr. Whitekeys | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 107. East 72nd St. Fishing Area, Cleveland, Ohio

    In winter, look for gulls, ducks, mergansers, and other waterfowl at this Lake Erie hotspot.
    By Jim McCormac | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 106. Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington

    This large refuge in southwestern Washington is where to see thousands of geese, ducks, and swans in winter, shorebirds in spring and fall, as well as warblers, chickadees, nuthatches, and scrub-jays.
    By Eric Anderson | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 105. Odiorne Point State Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    An oceanfront park that is great for loons, eiders, and Snow Bunting in winter, plus migrating warblers, sparrows, and raptors in spring.
    By Pam Hunt | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 104. Snowy Owl Fields, Wheatland County, Alberta

    In winter, 10 or more Snowy Owls often inhabit this area of about 40 square miles of fields east of Calgary. Also watch for Gyrfalcons, Snow Buntings, and Short-eared Owls.
    By Rob McKay | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 103. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Visit this park on the banks of the Rio Grande for thrashers, sparrows, meadowlarks, owls, Greater Roadrunner, and other great birds.
    By Matthew Brooks | Published: 10/22/2010