Where to See Migration
Want to go to a birding hotspot to see spring migrants? Looking for a place to see a lot of species during migration? You might not need to go too far from home to see high volume migration. Take a look at a few of our recommendations:
The Gulf of Mexico is a huge barrier for migrating songbirds, many of which fly directly across the large expanse of water from South America. When the nightly migration ends, many birds pile up on the barrier islands off the southern coast of the United States. There are many good spots to visit, but Port Aransas, Texas is one of the best spots to see spring migration on the Gulf Coast. Port A has good birding all year round, but it is especially exciting in the spring. Many birding hotspots exist throughout the town, and you can take a break with some great seafood between birding sessions.
As birds continue the journey north, another big water barrier — the Great Lakes — can cause a backup of migrants. Visit Magee Marsh in Ohio this spring to experience a high diversity of migrating birds. Be prepared to bump elbows with a lot of birders though, as this spot is extremely popular!
Want a little more peace and quiet while you’re birding? Wisconsin Point in Superior, Wisconsin is a quiet spot in the north woods on the shores of the most pristine Great Lake, Lake Superior. A road runs almost the entire length of the peninsula, which is otherwise undeveloped. A diversity of habitats, from a pine forest to sand dunes, and its position at the tip of the lake, creates a perfect zone for spring birding. Keep your eyes peeled for the Great Lakes population of Piping Plovers, which are starting to return to the area.where