See the wonder of nature with a Maryland birdwatching getaway on the Eastern Shore. Out of all the places to birdwatch in Maryland, Chestertown offers one of the most diverse experiences in the state. Each season offers a unique array of bird species to behold. Whenever you choose to visit, grab your equipment and enjoy a soothing birdwatching retreat away from the noise of the modern age. Whether you are going through your Maryland bird checklist already or just getting into the practice, we’ve put together the top places to go birding so you can get your trip off to a great start!
Birding in Kent County
A great place to start your journey is the Kent County Bird Club. This club is part of the Maryland Ornithological Society, a local non-profit organization dedicated to conserving local bird species and their habitats. They offer field trips led by expert birders and even host conservation and bird identification presentations.
Another great spot to check out is the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, an incredibly popular and local sanctuary for migrating birds. Or, take a self-guided tour through Chesapeake Farms for a “go at your own pace” experience. St. Paul’s Millpond and Wilmer Park are more places to explore here in Chestertown. These birding locations are renowned throughout the state for the magnificent diversity of species that people witness yearly.
Catch a glimpse of egrets, brown-headed nuthatches, marsh wrens, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, prairie warblers, great blue herons, osprey, waterfowl, and maybe even a red-tailed hawk, majestic bald eagle or coveted snow geese. All these and more make their homes in the surrounding area, so keep an eye out—and maybe find a new favorite!
Birding Outside of Kent County
If you’re venturing outside Kent County for more birdwatching, visiting Adkins Arboretum is a must! This 400-acre garden and nature preserve has many local plant and animal species. It offers over 5 miles of walking paths, a garden overlook, and a wetland boardwalk…truly the perfect place to spot various birds. Visit their calendar to stay up to date on all upcoming events at the Arboretum. This destination also offers fun guided walks with local bird experts on the first Saturday of each month and other specialty dates.
In Caroline County, explore Tuckahoe State Park. It’s another fantastic spot filled with serene woodlands and 20 miles of hiking trails. This park provides relaxed bird watching amongst the trees.
There is lots to see and do for both birding aficionados and beginners alike in and around Kent County. To ensure you don’t miss anything during your stay, we’ve included this comprehensive event calendar courtesy of the Maryland Ornithological Society. Go on bird walks, field trips, bird counting expeditions, and more! There’s usually something going on most days of the week. We highly recommend getting involved locally to make the most of your birding getaway.
Discover Your Own Nest
Take your Maryland birdwatching getaway to the next level with a stay at Brampton Inn. This cozy home-away-from-home is a birdwatcher paradise all on its own. Guests love to walk the grounds or sit on the newly renovated patio to see which species they can spot right from the comfort of our wooded paradise.
Our premier Inn on the Eastern Shore has high-quality accommodations with everything you need for the perfect birding getaway. We provide king and queen beds, spacious rooms, and luxury amenities. We even provide binoculars for our guests if you don’t have your own. Enjoy luxurious amenities like steam showers and jetted tubs for the ultimate way to soothe sore muscles after a full day out in the wonders of nature. Get a head-start on your day with a nutritious and delicious complimentary breakfast served every morning.
All of us at Brampton adore the natural beauty of our area. We hope that guests can discover it with us when visiting our lovely state. Until then, we wish you safe travels and happy birding!
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Published February 2024