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

  • 74. Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago's modern-day birding mecca, located on the Lake Michigan shore, is the place to see warblers, gulls, terns, sparrows, shorebirds, orioles, and rarities
    By Demetri Lafkas | Published: 8/21/2009

  • 73. Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio

    This park on the banks of the Scioto River south of downtown Columbus is a great spot to watch waterfowl, sandpipers, warblers, flycatchers, and kingfishers. Plus, rarities fly in often.
    By Jim McCormac | Published: 8/21/2009

  • 72. Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland

    Just south of the famed eagle- and gull-watching site at Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna State Park is the premier spot in the region to observe Cerulean Warblers. Also look for orioles, wrens, hawks, herons, and terns.
    By William Jobes | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 71. Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville, Illinois

    This Chicago-area birding site features a fall hawk watch and is where to go to see Blue-winged Warbler, Dickcissel, Summer Tanager, Lapland Longspurs, Rough-legged Hawk, and many other species.
    By Jeff Chapman | Published: 6/19/2009

  • 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