Birds in Pennsylvania

Birds in Pennsylvania

The fact that Pennsylvania is the sixth largest population might give you the impression that it won’t be a good state for birdwatching. However, the truth is, most of the population is concentrated either in the east or west, The rest leaves plenty of places for birds to find a home in.

What Is The State Bird Of Pennsylvania?

In 1931, the Ruffed Grouse became Pennsylvania’s official state bird. Sometimes referred to as the partridge, this bird prefers winter more than any other season. This bird species constantly beats its wings against the air to create a drumming sound.

What Are The Top Spots To Go Bird Watching In Pennsylvania?

Pymatuning State Park with its wood, lake, and ponds creates an atmosphere that allows the site to have the largest range of species among all the sites in the entire state. Indigo Buntings and Savannah Sparrows are seen here, as are American Redstarts, Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge would impress any birdwatcher, mostly due to having a tidal marsh of freshwater, the largest in the state. Willow Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Black-crowned Night-Heron are among the most common birds.


How Many Birds Can You See In Pennsylvania?

With the interesting count of 444 species of birds in Pennsylvania, the county of Bucks has seen 351 of them. Lancaster, Erie, Delaware, and Berks follow behind closely with a number of 347, 341, 335, and 330 respectively.

Presque Isle SP is the most visited hotspot of birds with 317 species seen in the area. John Heinz NWR and Peace Valley Park are next in line with a species count difference of 1, as they house 294 and 293 species respectively.

Top Birds To See In Pennsylvania

The Eastern Bluebird is one of the most loved birds in Pennsylvania. It flaunts a slightly brown and white shade on its belly, with its blue top and wings creating a striking contrast. Its picturesqueness makes the species perfect for some amazing photos.

Baltimore Oriole is quite hard to come across in Pennsylvania but once you do, it’s bound to take your breath away. No bird watcher can stop themselves from falling in love with this bright orange colored bird with black wings. The black wings also have white marks on them. This is another bird species whose pictures make for stunning photographers. The calling of the bird is also sweet, sounding like a flute’s.

Common Birds To See In Pennsylvania

Northern Cardinal is a frequent and obvious resident of Philadelphia. American Robin and Mourning Dave are common too.

Pittsburgh also sees quite a lot of Northern Cardinals along with some Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse and American Goldfinch.

Final Thoughts

Pennsylvania is one of those states where the woody marshlands are just as worth visiting as are the populated cities. All of Pennsylvania has something to offer in terms of beautiful birds that birdwatchers want to see once.

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