Bird Watching: A Relaxing Hobby

By Catherine Bryan and Craig Schill
GreenEriePA Writers

Baltimore Oriole

Presque Isle State Park is among the nation's top ten birding locations according to Birder's World magazine. This is because many species of birds migrating between the U.S. and Canada choose the park as a haven to rest and possibly nest along the long flight. The park has set aside a portion of Gull Point (located on the eastern end of Presque Isle) specifically as a bird habitat. This makes Gull Point a great place for avid or beginner bird watchers to visit and observe.

It's recommended that bird-watching beginners take a friend along who is educated on birds, especially those likely to be seen while on the trip. However, bird watching can be fulfilling with no prior knowledge, and equally fun alone or with others. Eager bird watchers can find many helpful books at the local library or book store. A good bird guide to use when going bird watching is "The Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America." This guide has an iPhone app available. Most parks and other bird watching locations offer pamphlets of reliable information on the kinds of birds that frequent the area as well. Just stop in at the park office or visitor center to pick one up.

Reasons to Bird Watch

What is so great about bird watching?
  • It gets you out there and interacting with nature.

Bald Eagle

  • Bird watching is a quiet, soothing hobby and a great break from the day-to-day.
  • The only money you need to spend is on getting a pair of binoculars and on gas (if driving).
  • It can be very educational, providing a chance to learn about your region and its priceless beauty.
  • You may see animals other than birds and develop a more full picture of your natural region.

Photos courtesy of Bob Tarkowski and