Birding

Delaware Birding Trail

Guide to Birding Sites in Delaware

Photo by David CarterWelcome to Delaware — a great state for birding. Delaware is brimming with a wealth of natural habitats, wonderful birds, and friendly people. Our parks, refuges, and wildlife areas welcome birders, whether novice or expert, casual or avid, local or visitor.

Delaware has four very distinct seasons. Add in our mid-latitude location, where an endless procession of migrants arrives and departs throughout the year, and you have a recipe for varied, dynamic birding.

The key to the climate here is our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which moderates all our seasons. Summer can be hot and winter can be cold, but extremes are infrequent. With just a little bit of preparation, Delaware offers comfortable, enjoyable birding all year-round. And you'll find that each of our four seasons offers a unique set of rewarding birding experiences.

Those of us who know the First State and its birds are very proud of the resource we have, and we're delighted to share it with you. Have a great time birding Delaware. We look forward to seeing you in the field.

  • Piedmont Hills & Valley Region


    White Clay Creek State Park; Ashland Nature Center; Brandywine Creek State Park; Wilmington parks
  • Delaware River Coast Region


    Fort DuPont State Park; Fort Delaware State Park; Thousand Acre Marsh
  • Delaware Bay Coast Region


    Woodland Beach Wildlife Area; Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge; Little Creek Wildlife Area; Ted Harvey Conservation Area (Logan Lane Tract); Milford Neck; Slaughter Beach; Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ocean Beaches & Inland Bays Region


    Cape May-Lewes Ferry; Cape Henlopen State Park; Silver Lake (Rehoboth); Delaware Seashore State Park; James Farm Preserve; Assawoman Wildlife Area
  • Cypress & Pine Region


    Great Cypress Swamp; Trap Pond State Park; Redden State Forest; Nanticoke Wildlife Area
  • Forest & Farmland Region


    Abbott's Mill Nature Center; Killens Pond State Park; Lums Pond State Park



The Delaware Birding Trail is a joint project of the following:

  • Delaware Audubon Society
  • Delmarva Ornithological Society, dosbirds.org
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,
    Division of Fish & Wildlife, dnrec.delaware.gov

This project was funded, in part, through the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife with funding from the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program, Division of Federal Assistance, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Original text by Jeffrey A. Gordon (This electronic version is abridged from the print version, and includes minor updates.)

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