Birding Pennsylvania

From border to border, Pennsylvania is a state full of forests, mountains and hills, and the valleys and floodplains of rivers that have carved them. Lake Erie laps at the northwest corner of the state (think gulls and shorebirds), and in the southeast is Pennsylvania's piedmont. In between, the Appalachian Mountains curve through, channeling migrating songbirds to and from breeding grounds farther north. One such ridge is Hawk Mountain, perhaps the best-known hawk watch site in the world. The Atlantic Flyway encompasses the state, and Pennsylvania, boasts 433 species documented in eBird.

  • Pennsylvania Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Pennsylvania Birding Hotspots

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The view from a rocky ledge near the entrance at Hawk Mountain provides a spectacular view of the countryside and is a good vantage point for watching migrating raptors in the fall. Photo by Mike Serfas / Wikimedia Commons

Hawk Mountain in August

Hawk Mountain provides a spectacular view of the countryside and is a good vantage point for watching migrating raptors in the fall. Read about one birder's experience in this article from Bird Watcher's Digest.
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