More than 190 species of resident and transient birds can be found in Shenandoah National Park. Approximately half of these species breed in the Park, including eighteen species of warblers. Roughly thirty bird species are year-round residents including tufted titmice, red-tailed hawks, carolina chickadees, wild turkeys, and barred owls.
Where to Find Birds
Part of the fun of birdwatching is the thrill of the "hunt" — you never know when you'll see something! Keep your eyes and ears open while you're out and about in the Park, watching for signs of sudden movement or a bird singing in the treetops. Pay particular attention to food and water sources, as well as perches and ground cover. It also helps to know what habitat different species of birds prefer. Some species prefer open spaces where they can easily spot prey, while others prefer the safety of dense underbrush.
Equipment You'll Need
You don't need any equipment to get started birdwatching, but a few extra items can be helpful in enhance your enjoyment. A good pair of binoculars, or a spotting scope can help you to identify and observe birds without disturbing their natural activities. You may also want to invest in a bird guide to help you identify the different species that you see (these can be purchased at our Park bookstores). It may also be helpful to wear dark, neutral colored clothing.
Last updated: January 27, 2021