Connecticut Birding Sites
Great Places to Bird Watch in Connecticut
Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor sport in America and with more than 400 species, Connecticut is a great place to experience birds. Connecticut is home to the full range of desirable songbirds found throughout the northern United States. Among the most popular species are bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, wren, and finches. Find ten wonderful Connecticut Birding Sites below.
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|Hammonasset Beach State Park ~ Madison
Enjoy a three quarter mile stroll through Connecticut’s salt marshes. It is said that nearly 300 different bird species have been seen here, including seabirds, shorebirds, and owls. Take some time to explore the Meig’s Point Nature Center.
|Greenwich Audubon Center ~ Greenwich
Home of the Audubon Society’s first educational center, Audubon Greenwich offers seven miles of walking trails and nearly 300 acres of land. Facilities include the Kiernan Hall Nature Art Gallery, the Kimberlin Nature Education Center and the Nature Store. The year-round facilities and multiple educational programs of Greenwich Audubon make it a great place for the beginning birder.
|Milford Point ~ Milford
The Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point offers an 8-acre wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary with hands-on outdoor education programs. Many say that Milford Point is the best spot for birding in all of Connecticut, due to the fact that it has nearly 400 unique species of birds living in the area. Local species include Night Herons and American Oystercatchers.
|Lighthouse Point Park ~ New Haven
Located at the eastern point of New Haven Harbor, Lighthouse Point Park is home to the East Shore Ranger Program, which focuses on the maritime history and marine ecology. This location is perfect for hawk watching during the autumn months.
|White Memorial Foundation ~ Litchfield
With 4,000 acres of protected land in northwestern Connecticut, the White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center offers both an environmental education center and a nature museum. Spotted bird species include; Common Nighthawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Blue-winged Teals, Barred Owls and Green Herons, among others. Habitats include ponds, meadows, forest and fresh water marshes.
|Sherwood Island State Park ~ Westport
Located on the edge of Long Island Sound, Connecticut’s first state park is an excellent place for bird watching. Stop by during the fall and winter months to catch migratory birds and wintering waterbirds.
|Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary ~ Portland
Now managed by the Mattabeseck Audubon Society, the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary was once a commercial cranberry bog. Home to diverse habitats and the recent addition of a viewing platform, this sanctuary is a great place for bird watching.
|Bluff Point Coastal Reserve ~ Groton
Protected as a coastal reserve as recently as 1975, Bluff Point State Park offers nearly 800 acres of habitat and trails. Habitats at one of Connecticut’s largest natural areas include wetlands, woodlands, and Long Island Sound shoreline. Bird sightings can include waders, shorebirds, brush birds and migrating land birds.
|Devil’s Hopyard State Park ~ East Haddam
This 860-acres state park is located on Eightmile River and offers multiple stunning waterfalls, camping, fishing, trails, and birding. Devil’s Hopyard is home to several of Connecticut’s protected bird species.
|Bigelow Hollow State Park ~ Union
Nestled on the edge of Mashapaug Lake and surrounded by Nipmuck State Forest, Bigelow Hollow offers miles of hiking trails within its 600 acres. Bird species include woodland birds and nesters.
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