Bird Test

Indigo Bunting near mile marker 99 at C&O National Historical Park

Blue Heron om Potomac CREDIT Lloyd Stone

Great Barred Owl, Hagerstown Kiwanis Park

Pileated Woodpecker Washington County Md

Bird watching has long been a favorite activity in Washington County. Professional ornithologists, photographers, birdwatching enthusiasts and nature lovers come from across the USA to soak up the scenery and snap the common and elusive bird pics, do scientific research, and simply enjoy.

According to the Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, there are over 445 species of birds in the state, with about 222 species who regularly nest in the state. A complete list can be found here: Maryland Birds.

Depending on migration patterns, these birds are commonly seen in the springtime: Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Bunting, and Red-headed Woodpecker various Flycatchers, Vireos, and Warblers. Raptors and Red-tailed Hawks are also commonly seen.

Other common raptor sightings include the Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, American Kestrel, and even Broad-winged Hawks.

Great Blue Herons are frequently spotted along the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. White-crowned Sparrows are among the wintering species. At night, Barred Owls, Screech Owls, and Great Horned Owls can be heard and can be seen too.

Bird Trails and opportunities to view them are abundant in Washington County. See below for some of our favorite places to watch, and wait.

Antietam Bird Trail
C&O Canal Bird Trail
Bird Watching South Mountain Recreation Area
Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area
Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area


Birding Resources:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society