Directions to Birding Locations

Prothonotary Warbler — Photo by Cris L. Hamilton
Prothonotary Warbler
Photo by Cris L. Hamilton ©

This section is a must for both novice and advanced birders. These are the best birding hotspots in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Novice birds may use these write-ups to identify birds in the area while advanced birders may use this to locate a specific species. Hopefully, when this section is complete, there will be maps, habitats, checklists and even noteworthy plants for each birding hotspot.

These excerpts are written by members of the club and it is by no means exhaustive or complete. If you would like to contribute and are familiar with a birding hotspot, please send us a write-up. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.

A comprehensive guide to many possible spots to bird for waterfowl and shorebirds along Pittsburgh's three rivers is Scott Kinzey's work: "Site Guide to Allegheny County's Portions of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers." It can be found here: Site Guide.

Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Central City, PA Linesville Fish Hatchery
Allegheny River, Highland Park Lock & Dam #2 Lower Buffalo Creek Important Bird Area (IBA 80)
Bavington Area — SGL 117, Washington County Mammoth Wetlands
Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County McConnells Mill State Park
Boyce-Mayview Park Miller's Pond — Pymatuning State Park
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve M. K. Goddard State Park, Mercer County
Black Swamp Moraine State Park
Brady's Bend Hawk Watch New Wilmington Area, Lawrence and Mercer Counties
Butler–Freeport Community Trail, Allegheny & Butler Counties North Park, Allegheny County
Cambridge Springs Area — SGL 277, Crawford County Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County
Cedar Creek Park, Westmoreland County Oil Creek State Park, Venango County
Chapel Harbor Riverfront Park Pennsy Swamp
Clear Creek State Park and Forest, Jefferson County Pennsylvania State Game Lands Maps
Conneaut Harbor (Conneaut, Ohio) Piney Tract (Mt. Zion)
Cook Forest Pittsburgh's Rivers
Crane Creek State Park Polk Wetlands
Duck Hollow and Nine Mile Run Powder Mill Nature Reserve
Emmerling Community Park Presque Isle State Park, Erie County
Enlow Fork Pymatuning State Park Visitors Center is on State Road 3011, 1.25 miles south of Linesville; follow the signs for the Spillway
Frick Park Raccoon Creek Valley & State Park
Geneva Marsh Area Shenango River Lake formerly Shenango Reservoir.
Download the Birds of Shenango Checklist
Hampton Township Community Park, Allegheny County Sewickley Heights Borough Park
Harrison Hills Park with Trail Map SGL 95 — Hilliards Area and the Glades, Butler County
Imperial Grasslands Todd Nature Reserve
Independence Marsh, Beaver County Upper St. Clair Wetlands
Indian Creek Trail, Fayette County Volant Strips
Indian Head Trail, Fayette County Wildflower Reserve, Beaver County
Jennings Prairie, Butler County Wissahickon Nature Club Meetings
Lake Arthur East Wolf Creek Narrows, Butler County
Lake Arthur North Shore Yellow Creek State Park
Lake Arthur South Shore

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© Photo Credits:
Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague