Birding Hotspots

Philadelphia County

Bartram’s Garden

Nearly 200 species of birds have been observed at this 45-acre National Historic Landmark located along the banks of the lower Schuylkill River.  A quiet oasis in the city containing tidal wetlands, a meadow, and a botanical garden, most of the site is wheelchair accessible.

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143

East Fairmont Park

Composed of 650 acres bordering the eastern edge of the Schuylkill River, East Fairmont Park boasts tree-lined open spaces, woods, trails, and a 37-acre reservoir that is favored by migratory waterfowl.  An Important Bird Area, it is also the site of the Discovery Center, a collaboration between Audubon and Outward Bound.

Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

The 348-acre FDR Park contains one of the most diverse bird habitats in Philadelphia, with fields, ponds, and lagoons providing habitat for the more than 200 different species of birds which have been recorded here.  Located on the Atlantic coastal plain, it is a good place to observe waterfowl in winter.

1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

The refuge, a Global Important Bird Area, contains many unique ecosystems including freshwater tidal marsh and creek, coastal plain, and riparian forest which support over 300 recorded species of birds.  Visitor services include wheelchair-accessible trails and wildlife viewing platforms.  Binoculars are available to borrow free of charge at the visitor center.


8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153