Spring Birdwatching

Spring is arriving and the birds are singing— and flying overhead!

Spring migration is exciting in Marion County, because we can see a wide variety of birds as they make their way back north to breeding grounds. Some come back to West Virginia to breed, too. ‘

Want to see some unique spring birds? Here’s how:

Best birding spot


Belted Kingfisher at Prickett’s Fort

You can spot so many species of warblers and waterfowl here in spring, especially at one of the county’s hot-spots: Pricketts Fort State Park.

More than 160 species of birds have been recorded at the fort area, which boasts a wide variety of habitats. Bald Eagles and Osprey hunt the bay area, where you might just see more than 30 different species of waterfowl and shorebirds in spring and fall. Trek up to the observation platform for a really nice view of the bay, and a chance to see nesting Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds and a Red-tailed Hawk nest across the bay.

Upcoming events

Take a guided tour with someone who knows how to spot all those birds soaring above (and can help you!) Join the park rangers for spring bird walks at Pricketts Fort.

Joey Herron will share insights form his 44 years of birding with a lecture at Pricketts Fort on April 17. Bring walking shoes, because he’ll probably want to go for a stroll afterward!

Coming soon: birding center


Cardinal at Morris Park

The Morris Park Birding and Nature Center. At this city park, you’ll be able to watch for more than 100 species of birds— recently, guests got to see 70 species in a single day. Quite a promising outlook!

Watch for more details as the center is completed, but until then, the park is always open for birding from sunrise to dark. It’s easy to get to, just off I-79 near the Pleasant

Debra Smith

Debra Smith

Valley exit.

Hope to see you soon. We’ll be staring at the skies.