8 Best Places to Bird Watch in Delaware’s Quaint Villages

Discover a birder’s paradise in Kent County! Delaware’s Quaint Villages host hundreds of species of birds throughout the year as flocks migrate across the continent for a truly spectacular display. Grab your camera and explore these eight top locations to bird watch — see how many different species you can spot!

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a federally protected tidal salt marsh along the coast of Delaware. With over 16,000 acres of marsh, freshwater, and upland habitats, the refuge is home to a stunning variety of wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds. It’s a nationally recognized birding spot and has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area — a great place to pull out your binoculars and see what you can spot!

Killens Pond State Park

This 66-acre millpond off the Murderkill River and surrounded by hardwood forests is home to many species of birds and hosts migratory birds throughout the year as well, including conservation concern species like the Prothonotary Warbler and the Scarlet Tanager. New to birding? Join their free Beginner Birding Course on Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. for a fun introduction to bird watching.

Fork Branch Nature Preserve

The Fork Branch Nature Preserve is part of the headwaters of the St. Jones River.  Featuring a stream corridor through a wooded area, and home to several rare and threatened plant species, this preserve is also a great isolated spot near Dover for bird watchers to view many of the local and migratory species.

St. Jones Reserve

Part of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), the St. Jones Reserve is located on the north shore of the St. Jones River and is part of the Delaware Bayshore Byway. The reserve’s center is open to the public and has several activities and exhibits, and the two-mile nature trail provides ample opportunities for bird watching.

Blackbird State Forest

Blackbird State Forest covers over 5,000 acres and is the northernmost state forest in Delaware. With 40 miles of trails and 10 different trail options for all activity levels (including a paved trail for wheelchair accessibility), Blackbird is a great spot to snap a few shots of native Delaware birds.

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

This 200-year-old preserved grist mill sits alongside lush forests, swamp, meadows, and streams full of wildlife. A designated bird viewing area is located by the nature center, and self-guided walking trails also provide opportunities to view the many bird species that have made their home near Abbott’s Mill.

DuPont Nature Center

DuPont Nature Center opens for the season on April 3, and it’s one of the Delaware Bay’s great locations to view the more than 130 species of birds, fish, shellfish, and more that live and migrate to the shoreline. The visitor center includes a remote camera and a viewing screen so you can zoom up close to the shorebirds!

Milford Art Stroll

For a slight change of scenery, but with plentiful bird watching opportunities, visit the Milford Art Stroll for a quaint tour through this artistic village’s outdoor art displays along the Mispillion River. While you’re out sighting the birds in the area, take a break with a few quick stops in the galleries and shops along the way.

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