BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
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The Baltimore-Washington Metro area is an excellent place for bird watching. A variety
of habitats - from marsh to field to forest - provide breeding grounds in the summer for
a wide variety of birds. Many birds enjoy the relatively mild winters here, flying further
north in the spring to breed, many others stay year round.

Located on the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds, truly incredible numbers and variety
of birds pass through our area in the spring and fall. The Atlantic Flyway is one of
several routes used by migrating birds heading north for the summer or south for the
winter. This route follows the Atlantic coast, generally east of the Appalachian
Mountains.

Over 400 species of birds have been reported in Maryland and the District of
Columbia. I have just a small sample here, mostly common birds you are likely to see at
a backyard bird feeder or on a hike in a local park.