Birding in Worcester County
Thanks to our ecological diversity, Worcester County hosts a spectacular variety of birds, both resident and migratory -- over 350 species have been recorded.
From our Atlantic coastline across the Pocomoke Forest and down our scenic Pocomoke River, we are home to pelicans and pewees, kingbirds and cuckoos, herons, harriers, and eagles.
The nature of the county, with its coastal habitat and temperate climate, puts Worcester in the northernmost breeding range of several southern birds; although not found every year, there are recent breeding records of the Gull-billed Tern, Wilson's Plover, Brown Pelican, and Swainson's Warbler.
The southernmost winter sightings of the Common and King Eider, Harlequin Duck, Purple Sandpiper, and Great Cormorant, often occur at the rock jetties of the Ocean City Inlet.
If you're looking for the Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, or Brown-headed Nuthatch... Boat-tailed Grackles, Horned Larks, or Peregrine Falcons... a Willet, or Chuck-will's widow--your best chances in Maryland are here in Worcester County.
Birding in Worcester County is a chance to experience the unspoiled wilderness which attracts, sustains and protects so much natural life. Within a radius of just a few miles exist the unique--yet easily accessible--worlds of a barrier island, a cypress swamp, centuries-old forest, tidal wetlands, and secluded fields.
Stop anywhere along the road and you'll be able to observe an abundance of birds which inhabit the immediate vicinity. State and national parks in the county offer camping, nature trails and guided tours, inviting you to share the beauty of our native landscape.
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