Join Jim Peters, our award-winning ornithologist, for a bird walk in the wetlands adjacent to Fort McHenry. Check the Schedule of Events for dates and times.
Winter Birding at Fort McHenry
Birders know that a good time of year to visit the fort is from late November through early April. By walking around the Sea Wall Trail from the boat dock/picnic area to the Wetland Overlook, a variety of waterfowl can be seen. Canada Goose and Bufflehead are very common while other species such as Wigeon, Mallards, Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Gadwalls are present, but in much smaller numbers. Other species such as Horned Grebe, Canvas Back, Shovelers, Mute Swan, Coots, Pintail, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneye and Loons are occasional visitors through the winter period.
Land birds include Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagle, Dove, Fish Crow, Mockingbird, House Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird, Cardinal, Gold Finch, Junco, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and White-throated sparrow.
So if you want to enjoy some winter birding at Fort McHenry, get a bird guide, binoculars and dress warmly for a fun morning of bird watching.
Fort McHenry Wetland Bird List
Get your very own copy of the Fort McHenry Wetland Bird List for your next bird watching trip.
Monthly Bird Counts
Did You Know?
Fort McHenry was built prior to the War of 1812. The fort is named for James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1796-1800.