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With its tranquil ponds, protected wildlife areas and miles of coastline, Southern Delaware is a popular stop-off for migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. This translates into excellent birdwatching throughout the area. Forests, fields, freshwater ponds and coastal marshes are home to osprey and a wide variety of other bird species. Most of Southern Delaware’s natural areas are filled with songbirds, waterfowls, and raptors.

Noted birdwatching sites include: Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, Assawoman Wildlife Refuge in Frankford, Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton and Trap Pond State Park in Laurel.

Delmarva Birding Weekends

Delmarva Birding Weekends celebrate the migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Delmarva Winter Birding Weekend is in January and the Spring Birding Weekend is in April. The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of ecosystems, including barrier islands, tidal marshes, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. The Winter and Spring Weekends combine boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot, all led by local experts.The Winter Weekend has boat and hiking trips with a special emphasis on winter birds. Read more here...

Delaware Birding Trail

For a detailed listing of popular birding locations in Delaware and to access the official Delaware Birding Trail, please visit

For a comprehensive guide to wildlife watching in Delaware, visit