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

  • 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

  • 112. Commons Ford Ranch Park, Austin, Texas

    This jewel of a park 13 miles northwest of downtown Austin is a great spot to look for Chuck-will’s-widow, Mississippi Kite, Green Kingfisher, and Golden-cheeked Warbler.
    By Laurie Foss | Published: 2/15/2011

  • 111. Creston Valley WMA, Creston, British Columbia

    Birds to see at this Wetland of International Importance in southeastern British Columbia include Black Tern, Long-billed Curlew, Tundra Swan, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and the spectacle of 100,000 waterfowl.
    By Jerry Uhlman | Published: 2/15/2011

  • 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