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.
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.
- Download the Beach & Beyond Birding checklist suitable for use on cellphones. (in PDF)
- Check eBird.com's Top 10 birding hotspots in Worcester County.
- Don't miss the annual Delmarva Birding Weekend held every April with guided hiking, paddling, and boating trips.
- Download our Birds Of Worcester County booklet to use on your phone while birding here. It has maps to some prime local birding locations and a species list.
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.