Birdwatching or can also be called “birding,” is a recreational activity wherein people observe birds using telescopes, binoculars, or just with the naked eye. Besides optical instruments, birdwatching also requires significant components for hearing as birds can be easily noticed and determined more auditorily than visually. This observation of the birds is usually done in their natural habitat.
Birdwatching is a popular backyard pastime for many people; for others, it’s a serious hobby that necessitates high-quality binoculars and a solid travel rewards card. If you’re the latter type of birder — or desire to be — there are more than enough spots across the country where you may see a diverse range of birds. Listed below are some places in America that are ideal for birdwatching.
Harlingen, Texas, is the home to the Birding festival in the Rio Grande Valley. The Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen is probably one of the well-known birding destinations in the world. It is also a place where migrating birds migrate during the fall in North America. There are more than 500 bird species that you can spot in this area. Rare species of birds that could not be seen in other places in the country can usually be seen in Harlingen, Texas.
Even though New York is “The City that Never Sleeps” and is known for its tall buildings and blinding lights, this state is also ideal for birdwatching. New York’s Long Island is one of the popular areas for birdwatching. You can observe no less than 250 species of birds in Long Island throughout spring and autumn. If the odds are good, birding is excellent throughout the year, especially in the coastal areas. Some areas located in Long Island that are ideal for birdwatching include Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Jones Beach State Park, Derby Hill Bird Observatory, and Montauk Point State Park.
Toledo, Ohio, might not be the most visited state in the United States of America by tourists, but it certainly is one of the best places for birdwatching in America. During the Biggest Week in American Birding, Toledo, Ohio, is jammed pack with birdwatchers from all over the world (it would be an advantage if you bring your binoculars and auditory components). Every first week of May, thousands of birds that are migrating from one continent to another are seen passing along the coastal areas of Toledo, Ohio. You can observe almost 300 different species of birds in one of the Five Great Lakes of North America, Lake Erie.
Cape May, New Jersey
National Geographic has listed Cape May as one of the World’s Best Destinations for bird watching. Migrating birds going to the South for the winter season and birds coming home from the spring usually stop by this coastal area. Up to 20 species of colorful warblers and many other bird species can be seen on the shoreline of Cape May.
Point Reyes National Seashore, California
With the help of binoculars, you could spot almost 500 various species of birds and more than half of the bird species in North America wandering in the 70,000-acres Point Reyes National Seashore in California. Migrating birds down the Pacific Flyway are usually the ones flying up in this area. Due to the area’s coastal waters and protected forests and grasslands, many birds are attracted and decide to roam around the shoreline of Point Reyes.
Migrating northbound birds traveling across the Gulf of Mexico usually stop over and rest in Cameron, Louisiana. Over two million songbirds are resting in this area starting in March until they head out in May. Visitors come flocking to see the different species of birds, especially during April.
Everglades National Park
More than 300 different bird species can be found in Everglades National Park. Using binoculars and other optical instruments, you might be able to spot egrets, spoonbills, and other bird species in the shallow waters, picking up food. According to birders, the ideal season for birdwatching in the Everglades National Park is during the winter season because a wide array of birds and a very excellent birding condition is usually found during this season.
Sandhill Cranes are commonly found in the coastal areas of Nebraska. Experts say that this flock of beautiful birds migrate from the north during the spring season, and they would arrive in the south side of Nebraska in March. Many birds can be spotted resting and feeding in the large areas of Gibbon, Nebraska. Birders could see hundreds and thousands of birds, especially during the sunrise and the sunset.
Rare bird species that could not be found in other parts of the US can only be found in Tucson, Arizona. The ideal season for birdwatching in Tucson is during July’s monsoon season. Because of Tucson’s elevation and overall mild climate, you can spot different varieties of hummingbirds and other international migrating birds in this area.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware
This enormous area of tidal marshland somewhere along the Atlantic Flyway (a significant north-south migration path) was founded in 1937 as a sanctuary for migratory birds and is one of the most well-known birding attractions on the Mid-Atlantic coast. Over the past 20 years, more than 300 different kinds of birds have been observed across the refuge, but bird sightings fluctuate by season as migrating flocks arrive and depart.
There’s a peak in waterfowl migration between March and November, with enormous flocks of wood ducks and snow geese traveling through the refuge, while plovers, sandpipers, and other shorebirds flock to the water’s edge in May. Three open-to-the-public observation decks guarantee breathtaking views from above.
Wisconsin Point, Wisconsin
This tiny 2.5-mile peninsula, situated at the westernmost border of Lake Superior, is host to old-growth pine, gorgeous beaches, and a large number of migrating birds who stop here to rest between September and May. Sparrows, warblers, and even falcons can be seen among Wisconsin Point’s bushes and trees, but one type of bird can be seen floating freely atop the lake’s surface.
Seabirds are the main attraction for visitors during peak migration season, with enthusiastic birders arriving in quest of Arctic terns, lesser black-backed gulls, and three different types of jaeger, a predatory seabird known for its violent nature (notably, instead of foraging for its food, it attacks lesser animals to steal their food).