• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 05/13/2014, 05/27/2014, 06/10/2014, 06/24/2014, 07/08/2014, 07/22/2014, 08/12/2014, 08/26/2014, 09/09/2014, 09/23/2014

    Red-Bellied Woodbecker perched on the side of a tree.
    Location: Artillery Park (tour stop #7) Time: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM Fee Information: Free

Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for a fascinating bird walk. See or hear different species in a variety of seasons and habitats such as meadow, edge, and woods. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, beginners welcome and encouraged.

What to Expect
Programs meet in the Artillery Park parking lot on East Inner Line Drive. Each program lasts approximately 2 hours and covers 1.5 miles walking. The walk is mostly along paved trails but includes short sections of gravel and grass. Good walking shoes are recommended. Birding highlights listed below. 
Download the park map and our birding brochure

What to Bring
Binoculars, hat, water, bug spray and sun protection optional.

Program Times (approx 2 hrs)
Begins at 8:00 am during March, April, and October.
Begins at 7:30 am from May – September.   

Please check the Friends of Valley Forge Park website for updates. Walks will be canceled during electrical or ice storms. 

Birding Highlights

March & April 
Early season weather brings a good chance of seeing or hearing most of the park's resident woodpeckers, including the Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. 

May is Migration Month!
Join us to welcome back our summer birds – Baltimore & Orchard Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, and Scarlet Tanagers as well as looking for seasonal and migrating warblers, Yellow, Red Start, Black-Throated Green, plus more. 

June–August
Park meadows are alive with Song Sparrows, Goldfinches, Eastern Phoebes, Eastern Meadowlarks, Barn Swallows, Mockingbirds, and American Kestrels. Hear Wood Thrushes, Red-eyed Vireos, and Eastern Wood-Pewees on the edges of the Park. Enjoy the fun of observing all the immature birds as they fledge. 

September & October
Join us to say good-bye to the birds that migrate south. Common observations are large flocks of familiar birds as well as birds just passing through. Particular observations include Black & White Warblers, Kinglets, Palm Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, and much more.