• The Garrison Flag flies over Fort McHenry.

    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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  • Reg. Hours Hours: May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014

    Park: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Star Fort: 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Visitor Center: 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Birds

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

Bird Sightings - December 2008

Wetland Winter Bird Count - January 24, 2009

Bird Sightings - January 2009

Wetland Winter Bird Count - January 2, 2010

Wetland Fall Bird Count - September 18, 2010

Wetland Christmas Bird Count - December 18, 2010

Mid-Winter Bird Count - January 29, 2011

Wetland Fall Bird Count - September 17, 2011

Wetland Christmas Count - December 17, 2011

Wetland Fall Bird Count - September 21, 2013

Did You Know?

An aerial view of Fort McHenry.

Fort McHenry was built prior to the War of 1812. The fort is named for James McHenry, Secretary of War, 1796-1800.