Birdwatching in Bucks County
Located 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, Bucks County is an unexpected oasis for wildlife lovers. Hundreds of species of birds can be seen in various parks throughout Bucks County. In addition, many parks have special events for birdwatching enthusiasts.
- Heron at Peace Valley (Photo Courtesy @lisa_levin47/Instagram)
- Red-bellied woodpecker (Photo Courtesy @lisa_levin47/Instagram)
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve features several birding events, including an annual Spring Bird Walk and participation in the national Great Backyard Bird Count event. In addition, the preserve houses an indoor bird observatory and a collection of more than 900 mounted birds, nests and eggs. More than 110 species of bird, including 31 species of warbler, have been spotted on the grounds of this 134-acre park.
Delaware Canal State Park
At least 154 species of birds call the Delaware Canal home. Bald eagles, double-crested cormorants, heron, osprey and various songbirds have been sighted along the canal.
Neshaminy State Park
The diverse habitats in Neshaminy State Park allow viewing of 75 different bird species, including 20 species of ducks. The tidal marsh area along the Delaware River provides birding opportunities year-round.
- Sunset at Silver Lake Nature Center
Nockamixon State Park
The 5,268-acre Nockamixon State Park, the largest park in the county, has hosted more than 250 species of birds. The park also offers boating, swimming, whitewater rafting, fishing, hunting, hiking, winter activities and modern cabins to stay the night.
Peace Valley Park and Nature Center
The 1500-acre Peace Valley Park and Nature Center features more than 250 species of birds. This park’s 14 miles of nature trails include options of all skill levels, including family guided nature tours and free bird walks.
Silver Lake Nature Center
The Silver Lake Nature Center offers free guided bird tours every Saturday (six months out of the year) and regular birding classes. More than 100 bird species have been spotted at this 235-acre facility.