Anne Arundel County provides a rich variety of excellent birding opportunities with habitats ranging from Chesapeake Bay coastlines to ponds, streams and rivers; tidal and freshwater marsh; forest, fields and floodplains. Our many parks host fall and spring migrants such as warblers, thrushes, and flycatchers, and breeding birds in summer including hawks, woodpeckers, orioles and tanagers. Several waterfront parks offer winter views of large numbers of waterfowl visiting our rivers and bay.
Click on the tab “County Locations for Birding” below to see a map of Anne Arundel County with several of our primary birding sites marked. Click on a location and you will be directed to a full page of information with insider tips for visiting, description of terrain, and frequently reported species. You will also find links to additional sites, such as park websites, trail maps (when available) and recent ebird listings.
Birders in Anne Arundel County have opportunities to contribute as citizen scientists with bird counts conducted each year, including the Annual Christmas Bird Count, the Spring Count, the Fort Smallwood Spring Hawk Migration counts. Experienced birders team with novices during bird counts and field trips so birders of any level and any age can have a fun and enriching experience.