Special Operating Hours during the Star-Spangled Spectacular: September 6-16, 2014
The park will have special operating hours during the Star-Spangled Spectacular: September 6-16, 2014. Please visit this link for more information: More »
Road Closures and Mass Transit options during the Star-Spangled Spectacular: September 6-16, 2014
There will be road closures during the Star-Spangled Spectacular: September 6-16, 2014. Mass transit will be required & all visitors will pass through a security checkpoint prior to entering Fort McHenry. Please visit this link for more information: More »
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?
Fireworks are featured each year during the Flag Day and Defenders' Day celebrations at Fort McHenry. Evening programs present music, military displays and conclude with the fireworks.