Top Birding Hotspots to Escape the Winter Months

Many of us that live in the northern US look for any excuse to escape the cold winter and these hotspots are some of our best options!

If you are like me, you’re looking for any excuse to escape the cold and snowy northern winters. Birding can give you the perfect excuse! These top winter birding hotspots could be your ticket to a warm and bird filled winter vacation!

1. Portal, Arizona

If you are looking for a place to really escape and get away, Portal might be for you. Situated in the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeast Arizona, this town is miles from anywhere but offers incredible birding! Learn all about birding in this area on the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory website.

2. Ding Darling NWR/Sanibel Island

This area of Southeast Florida is well-known for it’s wonderful beaches but it’s also great for birding! Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge has a great auto-tour route as well as some great trails to walk. While in this part of Florida, consider some of these other wonderful birding hotspots on the Caloosa Bird Club website as well.

3. Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi has been called the “Birdiest City” in the US and you’ll understand why after one visit! From Aransas NWR north of town to Padre Island National Seashore to the south, you’ll find plenty of incredible birding areas around this city. Here’s a list of just some of the sites you can visit.

4. Hawaii

Sure, this location is much farther away but who doesn’t want to spend some time on these fascinating islands. With Hawaii recently being added to the ABA area (click here for more info) many birders are making plans to visit. There are many beautiful species that are endemic to the islands. Hawaii Audubon Society offers many details on the best hotspots on each island!

Top Birding Hotspots to Escape the Winter Months
The ‘Akohekohe is one of the endemic birds on Maui.

5. The Lodge at Pico Bonito

If you are really looking to get away from it all, this is the place for you. Great tropical birding in a luxurious and comfortable setting is waiting for you at this lodge! Learn more here.

Top Birding Hotspots to Escape the Winter Months©Rob Ripma
©Rob Ripma Parrots, like this White-lored, are some of the many tropical species you can see at Pico Bonito.

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.