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Alapocas Run State Park
This new park offers birders a nice opportunity to visit several distinct habitats of the Piedmont region, including mature forests and continuing down to the Brandywine Creek at the site of a former rock quarry. A variety of thrushes move through the woods during migration. Breeding Red-tailed Hawks have been spotted here, as well as orioles and a variety of song birds in front of Rock Quarry. For more information, call (302) 577-1164.
Brandywine Creek State Park
This is a good place to view migratory hawks, flycatchers, warblers and other neo-tropical migrants. This park has many good birding trails, especially along the creek, and a hawk watch. Bird programs offered at the park include Hawk Watch Series, Bird Walks with the Delmarva Ornithological Society, Birding Basics and Owl Prowls. Contact the Nature Center for more information, (302) 655-5740.
Download the Brandywine Creek birding checklist.
Cape Henlopen State Park
A wide variety of coastal habitats provide many good birding spots throughout the year at Cape Henlopen. Maritime forests are home to Brown-headed Nuthatches; beaches are nesting habitat for Piping Plovers, shorebirds and wading birds; and waterfowl can be found on the bays, coastline and at Gordon's Pond. A hawk watch is manned in both spring and fall. The Nature Center's bird feeders are a good place to start your trip, and the Point is a stop every birder should make. Contact the Nature Center for bird walks and other tours at (302) 645-6852.
Download the Cape Henlopen birding checklist.
Delaware Seashore State Park
The Indian River Inlet is a good place for Purple Sandpipers in the spring and fall, and for eiders, old squaw (long-tailed duck) and other waterfowl in the winter. Take advantage of one of the naturalist's Osprey programs about this raptor found in plenty on the inland bays. Contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station for more information on bird programs at (302) 227-6991.
Download the Delaware Seashore birding checklist.
Fort Delaware State Park
The Fort is located on Pea Patch Island, a large heron rookery. This is the summer home to nine different species of herons, egrets and ibis. The remote marshes provide an outstanding habitat for one of the largest wading bird nesting areas on the East Coast. A hiking trail and its observation platform provide opportunities for photography and nature study. Contact the Fort for information on ferry and park schedules, (302) 834-7941.
Fort DuPont State Park & Port Penn
A good place for spring and fall shorebird migration as well as night herons (yellow and black crowned) at dusk.
Killens Pond State Park
Killens is home to a new Nature Center and the Pondside Nature Trail. Look for the Prothonotary Warbler and other southern species, as well as many seasonal migrants. Contact the Nature Center for programs and bird walk information, (302) 284-4526.
Download the Killens Pond birding checklist.
Lums Pond State Park
Lums can offer productive birding with trails that access forest, field and edge habitats. Start at the Whale Wallow Nature Center or take the 7.5-mile Swamp Forest Trail. Call (302) 368-6989 for more information.
Trap Pond State Park
Look for Summer Tanagers, Pileated Woodpeckers and bald eagles among the Baldcypress trees. Good birding trails include the Island Trail and the Hike& Bike Trail on the south side of the pond near the Nature Center, and the Cypress Point Trail on the north side. Renting a canoe or kayak is another fun way to bird at Trap Pond. Contact the Nature Center for programs and boat rental information, (302) 875-5153.
Download the Trap Pond birding checklist.
White Clay Creek State Park
White Clay offers many excellent birding walks year-round, but especially from April through November. One the finest places for spring warblers and other neo-tropical migrants, including the Cerlulean Warbler. Contact the Nature Center at (302) 368-6900 for guided walks and programs, or check the Friends of White Clay Creek website at http://www.whiteclayfriends.org/birders_guide.php for a complete park birding guide.
Download the White Clay Creek birding checklist.
Wilmington State Parks
This series of urban parks provide wonderful access to birders. Urban survivalists, such as the Peregrine Falcon, feeder-friendly songbirds and mallard ducks romp along and around the old mill race and mill pond just under the historic swinging bridge. Enjoyable and accessible, the park's location gives urban birders and visitors a chance to incorporate birding into their daily routine. For more information, call (302) 577-7020.