Birdwatching

From warblers twittering in the hedges to woodpeckers drumming on the tree trunks and whippoorwills calling out at twilight, there's a lot for bird-lovers to enjoy in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Spring and summer are the best seasons for birding. Early morning is particularly good, especially during the breeding season. Peak migration in our region is mid-April to the end of May. Raptors, including hawks and bald eagles, arrive as early as the beginning of March.

Little Drummer Historical Pathway

Route 3002 Ridgway PA 15853

(814) 776-6172

A primary link to the Atlantic flyway, featuring mostly flat hiking trails leading past 15 man-made ponds. Look for songbirds along the 1.5-mile loop of the Songbird Sojourn Interpretive Trail from the parking area. For waterfowl, walk or bike the Buzzard Swamp Trail System. The first pond is 0.5 miles from the parking area and the trail is 9.7 miles in length with two trailheads to the north along Lamonaville Road (FR 130). During spring migration, 20-25 species of waterfowl can be seen around the ponds. Listen for the harmonious "spring of the earth" song of the eastern Meadowlark and watch for Bobolink. The trail parallels a waterfowl propagation area. The early spring brings a variety of migrating waterfowl such as Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Coot, Bufflehead and Blue- and Green-winged teals. Birds that prefer meadows, grasslands and open water can be found. American Woodcock, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Tree and Barn swallows, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, WoodThrush, Ovenbird, Veery, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Wild Turkey, Northern Harrier, Osprey and Bald Eagle can be seen. Wildlife includes black bear, white-tailed deer, beaver, coyote and snapping turtle.

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