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Most Popular Places To Birdwatch In Each US State

While each state in America has plenty of birdwatching places for bird watchers to indulge their hobby, below you can read about the most popular spots to birdwatch in each U.S. state.

To identify the most popular places to birdwatch in each US state, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed numerous national and international media reports. Each location was ranked by the number of different bird species that have been seen at the site. The place with the most birds seen was determined to be the most popular place to birdwatch in the state.

Most popular places to birdwatch in each US state

US StateMost Popular PlaceMost Seen Bird
AlabamaDauphin IslandBlack Tern
AlaskaSt. Paul IslandNorthern Fulmar
ArizonaPatagonia Lake State ParkRed-winged Blackbird
ArkansasBald Knob National Wildlife RefugeMallard
CaliforniaHayward Regional ShorelineWestern Sandpiper
ColoradoBarr Lake State ParkCackling Goose
ConnecticutSherwood Island State ParkCommon Grackle
DelawareBombay Hook National Wildlife RefugeRed-winged Blackbird
FloridaFort De Soto ParkRedhead
GeorgiaJekyll IslandTree Swallow
HawaiiJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeCattle Egret
IdahoCamas National Wildlife PreserveEuropean Starling
IllinoisMontrose Point Lincoln ParkRed-breasted Merganser
IndianaIndiana Dunes State ParkLong-tailed Duck
IowaHawkeye Wildlife Management AreaSnow Goose
KansasCheyenne Bottoms Wildlife AreaRed-winged Blackbird
KentuckySloughs Wildlife Management AreaSnow Goose
LouisianaGrand IsleLesser Scaup
MaineMonhegan IslandCommon Eider
MarylandSandy Point State ParkCanvasback
MassachusettsPlum IslandTree Swallow
MichiganWhitefish PointLong-tailed Duck
MinnesotaPark Point Recreation AreaRing-billed Gull
MississippiSeaman Road Sewage LagoonsAmerican Coot
MissouriRiverlands Migratory Bird SanctuaryCommon Grackle
MontanaBowdoin National Wildlife RefugeWilson's Phalarope
NebraskaBranched Oak State Recreation AreaSnow Goose
NevadaDesert National Wildlife Refuge Corn Creek Field StationYellow-rumped Warbler
New HampshireOdiorne Point State ParkDouble-crested Cormorant
New JerseyCape May PointAmerican Robin
New MexicoBosque del Apache National Wildlife RefugeSnow Goose
New YorkJones Beach State ParkSurf Scoter
North CarolinaPea Island National Wildlife RefugeRedhead
North DakotaArrowwood National Wildlife RefugeFranklin’s Gull
OhioKilldeer Plains Wildlife AreaMallard
OklahomaRed Slough Wildlife Management AreaCommon Grackle
OregonMalheur National Wildlife RefugeWilson’s Phalarope
PennsylvaniaPresque Isle State ParkRing-billed Gull
Rhode IslandBlock IslandCommon Eider
South CarolinaHuntington Beach State ParkTree Swallow
South DakotaFarm IslandCanada Goose
TennesseeEnsley Bottoms ComplexTree Swallow
TexasAransas National Wildlife RefugeLesser Scaup
UtahFish Springs National Wildlife RefugeAmerican Coot
VermontDead Creek Wildlife Management AreaSnow Goose, Red-winged Blackbird
VirginiaChincoteague National Wildlife RefugeSemipalmated Sandpiper
WashingtonNeah BayCommon Murre
West VirginiaGreenbottom Wildlife Management AreaEuropean Starling
WisconsinManitowoc LakefrontGreater Scaup
WyomingWyoming Hereford RanchEuropean Starling

  • Alabama
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Dauphin Island
    All-time bird sightings in Dauphin Island: 326 species
    Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Black Tern (12,400 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Alabama last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (95,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Flicker, Eastern Wild Turkey
  • Alaska
    Most popular place to birdwatch: St. Paul Island
    All-time bird sightings in St. Paul Island: 303 species
    Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Northern Fulmar (150,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Alaska last 10 yrs.: Crested Auklet (2,000,000 sightings)
    State bird: Willow Ptarmigan
  • Arizona
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Patagonia Lake State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Patagonia Lake State Park: 314 species
    Most seen bird in Patagonia Lake State Park: Red-winged Blackbird (2,500 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Arizona last 10 yrs.: Tree Swallow (1,200,000 sightings)
    State bird: Cactus Wren
  • Arkansas
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge: 281 species
    Most seen bird in Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge: Mallard (245,961 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Arkansas last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (250,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mockingbird

  • California
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Hayward Regional Shoreline
    All-time bird sightings in Hayward Regional Shoreline: 363 species
    Most seen bird in Hayward Regional Shoreline: Western Sandpiper (35,631 sightings)
    Most seen bird in California last 10 yrs.: Brewer’s Blackbird (500,000 sightings)
    State bird: California Quail
  • Colorado
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Barr Lake State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Barr Lake State Park: 336 species
    Most seen bird in Barr Lake State Park: Cackling Goose (35,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Colorado last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (175,000 sightings)
    State bird: Lark Bunting
  • Connecticut
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Sherwood Island State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Sherwood Island State Park: 307 species
    Most seen bird in Sherwood Island State Park: Common Grackle (40,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Connecticut last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (220,000 sightings)
    State bird: American Robin
  • Delaware
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge: 322 species
    Most seen bird in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge: Red-winged Blackbird (250,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Delaware last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (700,000 sightings)
    State bird: Blue Hen Chicken
  • Florida
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Fort De Soto Park
    All-time bird sightings in Fort De Soto Park: 339 species
    Most seen bird in Fort De Soto Park: Redhead (10,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Florida last 10 yrs.: Tree Swallow (1,500,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mockingbird
  • Georgia
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Jekyll Island
    All-time bird sightings in Jekyll Island: 303 species
    Most seen bird in Jekyll Island: Tree Swallow (22,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Georgia last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (2,000,000 sightings)
    State bird: Brown Thrasher, Bobwhite Quail
  • Hawaii
    Most popular place to birdwatch: James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge: 114 species
    Most seen bird in James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge: Cattle Egret (337 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Hawaii last 10 yrs.: Sooty Shearwater (14,700 sightings)
    State bird: Nene
  • Idaho
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Camas National Wildlife Preserve
    All-time bird sightings in Camas National Wildlife Preserve: 275 species
    Most seen bird in Camas National Wildlife Preserve: European Starling (10,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Idaho last 10 yrs.: Mallard (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mountain Bluebird, Peregrine Falcon
  • Illinois
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Montrose Point Lincoln Park
    All-time bird sightings in Montrose Point, Lincoln Park: 328 species
    Most seen bird in Montrose Point Lincoln Park: Red-breasted Merganser (6,985 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Illinois last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (500,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • Indiana
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Indiana Dunes State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Indiana Dunes State Park: 304 species
    Most seen bird in Indiana Dunes State Park: Long-tailed Duck (20,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Indiana last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (250,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • Iowa
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area
    All-time bird sightings in Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area: 276 species
    Most seen bird in Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area: Snow Goose (11,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Iowa last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (400,000 sightings)
    State bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • Kansas
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
    All-time bird sightings in Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area: 303 species
    Most seen bird in Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area: Red-winged Blackbird (150,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Kansas last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (1,500,000 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Kentucky
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Sloughs Wildlife Management Area
    All-time bird sightings in Sloughs Wildlife Management Area: 249 species
    Most seen bird in Sloughs Wildlife Management Area: Snow Goose (12,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Kentucky last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (50,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • Louisiana
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Grand Isle
    All-time bird sightings in Grand Isle: 315 species
    Most seen bird in Grand Isle: Lesser Scaup (9,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Louisiana last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (1,000,000 sightings)
    State bird: Brown Pelican
  • Maine
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Monhegan Island
    All-time bird sightings in Monhegan Island: 301 species
    Most seen bird in Monhegan Island: Common Eider (15,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Maine last 10 yrs.: Atlantic Puffin (11,000 sightings)
    State bird: Black-capped Chickadee
  • Maryland
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Sandy Point State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Sandy Point State Park: 293 species
    Most seen bird in Sandy Point State Park: Canvasback (5,555 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Maryland last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (50,000 sightings)
    State bird: Baltimore Oriole
  • Massachusetts
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Plum Island
    All-time bird sightings in Plum Island: 363 species
    Most seen bird in Plum Island: Tree Swallow (200,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Massachusetts last 10 yrs.: Tree Swallow (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Black-capped Chickadee, Wild Turkey
  • Michigan
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Whitefish Point
    All-time bird sightings in Whitefish Point: 332 species
    Most seen bird in Whitefish Point: Long-tailed Duck (11,861 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Michigan last 10 yrs.: Broad-winged Hawk (190,000 sightings)
    State bird: Robin Redbreast
  • Minnesota
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Park Point Recreation Area
    All-time bird sightings in Park Point Recreation Area: 278 species
    Most seen bird in Park Point Recreation Area: Ring-billed Gull (7,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Minnesota last 10 yrs.: Broad-winged Hawk (26,270 sightings)
    State bird: Common Loon
  • Mississippi
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Seaman Road Sewage Lagoons
    All-time bird sightings in Seaman Road Sewage Lagoons: 270 species
    Most seen bird in Seaman Road Sewage Lagoons: American Coot (4,653 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Mississippi last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Wood Duck, Mockingbird
  • Missouri
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
    All-time bird sightings in Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary: 313 species
    Most seen bird in Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary: Common Grackle (197,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Missouri last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (7,200,000 sightings)
    State bird: Eastern Bluebird, Bobwhite Quail
  • Montana
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge: 254 species
    Most seen bird in Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge: Wilson’s Phalarope (13,826 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Montana last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (250,000 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Nebraska
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Branched Oak State Recreation Area
    All-time bird sightings in Branched Oak State Recreation Area: 269 species
    Most seen bird in Branched Oak State Recreation Area: Snow Goose (260,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Nebraska last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (750,000 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Nevada
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Desert National Wildlife Refuge Corn Creek Field Station
    All-time bird sightings in Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Corn Creek Field Station: 291 species
    Most seen bird in Desert National Wildlife Refuge Corn Creek Field Station: Yellow-rumped Warbler (700 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Nevada last 10 yrs.: Wilson’s Phalarope (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • New Hampshire
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Odiorne Point State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Odiorne Point State Park: 289 species
    Most seen bird in Odiorne Point State Park: Double-crested Cormorant (3,800 sightings)
    Most seen bird in New Hampshire last 10 yrs.: Herring Gull (14,000 sightings)
    State bird: Purple Finch
  • New Jersey
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Cape May Point
    All-time bird sightings in Cape May Point: 367 species
    Most seen bird in Cape May Point: American Robin (80,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in New Jersey last 10 yrs.: American Robin (250,000 sightings)
    State bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • New Mexico
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: 360 species
    Most seen bird in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: Snow Goose (60,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in New Mexico last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (60,000 sightings)
    State bird: Greater Roadrunner
  • New York
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Jones Beach State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Jones Beach State Park: 308 species
    Most seen bird in Jones Beach State Park: Surf Scoter (12,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in New York last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (750,000 sightings)
    State bird: Eastern Bluebird
  • North Carolina
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge: 326 species
    Most seen bird in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge: Redhead (11,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in North Carolina last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (70,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • North Dakota
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge: 250 species
    Most seen bird in Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge: Snow Goose (200,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in North Dakota last 10 yrs.: Franklin’s Gull (340,000 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Ohio
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
    All-time bird sightings in Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area: 282 species
    Most seen bird in Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area: Mallard (11,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Ohio last 10 yrs.: Ring-billed Gull (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • Oklahoma
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
    All-time bird sightings in Red Slough Wildlife Management Area: 314 species
    Most seen bird in Red Slough Wildlife Management Area: Common Grackle (100,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Oklahoma last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Oregon
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: 301 species
    Most seen bird in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Wilson’s Phalarope (13,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Oregon last 10 yrs.: Sooty Shearwater (350,000 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Pennsylvania
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Presque Isle State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Presque Isle State Park: 313 species
    Most seen bird in Presque Isle State Park: Ring-billed Gull (330,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Pennsylvania last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (200,000 sightings)
    State bird: Ruffed Grouse
  • Rhode Island
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Block Island
    All-time bird sightings in Block Island: 293 species
    Most seen bird in Block Island: Common Eider (5,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Rhode Island last 10 yrs.: Tree Swallow (150,000 sightings)
    State bird: Rhode Island Red
  • South Carolina
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Huntington Beach State Park
    All-time bird sightings in Huntington Beach State Park: 325 species
    Most seen bird in Huntington Beach State Park: Tree Swallow (7,500 sightings)
    Most seen bird in South Carolina, Wild Turkey last 10 yrs.: Tree Swallow (144,000 sightings)
    State bird: Carolina Wren, Wild Turkey
  • South Dakota
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Farm Island
    All-time bird sightings in Farm Island: 268 species
    Most seen bird in Farm Island: Canada Goose (4,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in South Dakota last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (200,000 sightings)
    State bird: Ring-Necked Pheasant
  • Tennessee
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Ensley Bottoms Complex
    All-time bird sightings in Ensley Bottoms Complex: 317 species
    Most seen bird in Ensley Bottoms Complex: Tree Swallow (75,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Tennessee last 10 yrs.: American Robin (250,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mockingbird, Bobwhite Quail
  • Texas
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge: 368 species
    Most seen bird in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge: Lesser Scaup (20,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Texas last 10 yrs.: Barn Swallow (3,500,000 sightings)
    State bird: Mockingbird
  • Utah
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge: 287 species
    Most seen bird in Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge: American Coot (30,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Utah last 10 yrs.: Wilson’s Phalarope (600,000 sightings)
    State bird: California Gull
  • Vermont
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
    All-time bird sightings in Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area: 238 species
    Most seen bird in Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area: Snow Goose, Red-winged Blackbird (15,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Vermont last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (32,000 sightings)
    State bird: Hermit Thrush
  • Virginia
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
    All-time bird sightings in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: 340 species
    Most seen bird in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: Semipalmated Sandpiper (20,400 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Virginia last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (64,001 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal

  • Washington
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Neah Bay
    All-time bird sightings in Neah Bay: 284 species
    Most seen bird in Neah Bay: Common Murre (23,566 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Washington last 10 yrs.: Sooty Shearwater (352,000 sightings)
    State bird: Willow Goldfinch
  • West Virginia
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area
    All-time bird sightings in Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area: 249 species
    Most seen bird in Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area: European Starling (1,125 sightings)
    Most seen bird in West Virginia last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (5,000 sightings)
    State bird: Northern Cardinal
  • Wisconsin
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Manitowoc Lakefront
    All-time bird sightings in Manitowoc Lakefront: 298 species
    Most seen bird in Manitowoc Lakefront: Greater Scaup (15,000 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Wisconsin last 10 yrs.: Double-crested Cormorant (100,000 sightings)
    State bird: American Robin, Mourning Dove
  • Wyoming
    Most popular place to birdwatch: Wyoming Hereford Ranch
    All-time bird sightings in Wyoming Hereford Ranch: 256 species
    Most seen bird in Wyoming Hereford Ranch: European Starling (1,350 sightings)
    Most seen bird in Wyoming last 10 yrs.: American Coot (6,225 sightings)
    State bird: Western Meadowlark


Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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