April Bird Walks Around Pittsburgh

As we step into the vibrant season of spring, the air is filled with birdsong and excitement for bird watchers in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. This time of year marks the beginning of the migration season, where groups of migratory birds embark on their annual journey, stopping in Pittsburgh and beyond. Join Three Rivers Birding Club and Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory for captivating bird watching expeditions, exploring prime locations and observing the stunning birds that grace our region. You’ll venture around lush forest and deep lakes to seek out spring varieties like warblers and waterbirds. What are you waiting for? Jump into nature and take in a breath of fresh air during these April bird walks.

Birding Pittsburgh’s Parks: Schenley Plaza

April 15

Whether it’s your first time birding or you’re a seasoned birder, Naturalist Educator Stephen Bucklin has an exciting group journey in store. Schenley Plaza’s blooming grounds and easy-to-walk paths make it the perfect spot for birding in the city. Binoculars will also be available for those who want a closer look. 

Raccoon Creek State Park

April 20

This nature walk at Raccoon Creek State Park isn’t just for birding, you’ll take in the sights of spring wildflowers as well. After a picnic in the morning, the group will head to the beach and lake area to spot waterbirds and beyond. You’ll also have a chance to bird and botanize Wildflower Reserve if you wish and the weather is pleasant. 

Duck Hollow

April 21

Duck Hollow is exactly what it sounds like: the perfect place for populations of waterfowl, early migrants, and local birds. The walk will take about an hour and a half and will explore the river and trails throughout the area. This morning walk makes sure you see the ducklings at their most active.

Sewickley Heights Borough Park

April 26

Just 12 or 13 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, Sewickley Heights Borough Park takes you deep into the forest on dirt trails. Since there are so many dirt trails and it’s a morning spring walk, prepare for muddy conditions. Seeing a range of spring bird migrants such as warblers, vireos, and other bird species make it worth the mess.

Frick Park

April 28

Right in the Squirrel Hill and Regent Square neighborhoods, Frick Park is an excellent congregating place for migrant bird species. There should be many warblers and other spring varieties. The 8 a.m. walk covers the Riverview Extension Trail and gives tips for birding at Frick Park later in migration season.

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