Fall birding events in Philadelphia – City of Philadelphia (.gov)


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Every fall, billions of birds migrate across North America, crossing the United States. Tony Croasdale, Environmental Education Program Specialist with Philadelphia Parks & Recrestion provided this helpful information about fall bird migration.  
Here are five most frequently asked questions about birdwatching during fall migration: 
Shorebirds start moving in mid-July. Eagles, owls, and waterfowl can migrate into early December. Some geese and ducks will still move south to our area and out from our area when bodies of water freeze. If the freeze comes late, water birds could be moving south even in early February.  
Pennsylvania also gets a tremendous migration of Broad-winged Hawks that breed in area forests. Then they migrate to the Amazon basin in the winter. 
In addition, Pennsylvania attracts insect-eating birds including:  
For most species, at least some part of the population has seasonal movements. Most birds migrate because their food isn’t available in the winter. It’s not to avoid freezing temperatures. Their feathers provide efficient insulation.  
Plant native plant species in their yards. These species host insects that they need to feed on. Put decals or other devices on windows to prevent birds from flying into windows. Keep house cats indoors, as cats are the number one source of bird mortality.  
All Philadelphia parks host migrating birds.
Borrow a birding kit from the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Events listed in chronological order.
September 16, 2022
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center – 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA, 19143  
Explore the meadow, wetland, and forest near Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center to look for migrating species. Binoculars are available to borrow. Read more details. 
September 17, 2022
8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Tacony Creek Park – Ramona Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124 
Join BirdPhilly for a bird walk in NW Philly. It is peak fall migration. Participants are bound to see some warblers, thrushes, and vireos. Meet at Ramona Avenue entrance and walk about 2-3 miles. For questions, email  birdphillywalks@gmail.com. 
September 22, 2022
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Haddington Woods – 63rd and Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19143 
Look for migrating birds at one of the hidden gems of Philadelphia’s park system.  Meet at the NW corner of 63rd and Market St. Binoculars are available to borrow. Read more details here,  
September 24, 2022
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Papa Playground – 6839 Lansdowne Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19151 
Let’s explore this fantastic section of Cobbs Creek Park during the peak of fall bird migration.  Meet at Papa Playground parking lot, 6839 Lansdowne Ave. Binoculars will be available to borrow. View additional details here.  
October 2, 2022
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Various Locations 
Join science educator and passionate bird watcher Jason Hall for a birdwatching walk around Fairmount Park and FDR Park. Walks are held at various locations. These natural areas and bodies of water serve as “rest stops” on the highway for the migration of many spectacular species, so you’ll be delighted by the diversity of winged creatures hidden in plain sight. Event is sponsored by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Read more and purchase tickets here.  
October 3, 2022
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center8600a Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115 
All ages can join Will for an early morning bird walk to ID local birds. Binoculars are available to borrow. Drop-ins welcome. View more details and register here.   
October 7, 8, and 9, 2022
Various locations 
Audubon Mid-Atlantic is hosting the inaugural Philly Birding Weekend over the weekend of October 7-9, 2022. People from across the region are invited to explore some of the city’s iconic green spaces and look for birds on their fall migration. Each tour will be guided by bird experts. Planned excursions will include walks in local watersheds and parks, a paddle on the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, Saturday night celebratory Tally Rally and so much more! Register and purchase tickets here. 
October 9, 2022
Recurs on November 20, 2022 and December 18, 2022
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pennypack on the Delaware8201 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA, 19136 
Before watching the Birds on TV, see REAL birds (maybe even Eagles) in Northeast Philadelphia’s Pennypack on the Delaware Park. Free expert-guided walk for all ages. Meet at the covered picnic pavilion at the ballfields in Pennypack on the Delaware. View additional details. 
November 4, 2022
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center – 8600a Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115 
Join us at the picnic area for light refreshments and bird watching at our bird feeders. This program is geared towards those with low mobility. View more information and register here.     
November 5, 2022
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pennypack Environmental Center – 8600a Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA, 19115 
Join Will for an early morning bird walk here at the center. What birds will we see as winter gets closer? Binoculars are available to borrow. Drop-ins welcome. View more information and register here. 

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