Special Report

Best Places to Birdwatch in Every State

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41. South Dakota
> Best place to birdwatch: Farm Island
> All-time bird sightings in Farm Island: 268 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Canada Goose (4,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in South Dakota last 10 yrs.: Snow Goose (200,000 sightings)
> State bird: Ring-Necked Pheasant

Source: Bear Golden Retriever / Wikimedia Commons

42. Tennessee
> Best place to birdwatch: Ensley Bottoms Complex
> All-time bird sightings in Ensley Bottoms Complex: 317 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Tree Swallow (75,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Tennessee last 10 yrs.: American Robin (250,000 sightings)
> State bird: Mockingbird, Bobwhite Quail

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

43. Texas
> Best place to birdwatch: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
> All-time bird sightings in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge: 368 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Lesser Scaup (20,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Texas last 10 yrs.: Barn Swallow (3,500,000 sightings)
> State bird: Mockingbird

Source: Staplegunther / Flickr

44. Utah
> Best place to birdwatch: Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
> All-time bird sightings in Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge: 287 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: American Coot (30,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Utah last 10 yrs.: Wilson’s Phalarope (600,000 sightings)
> State bird: California Gull

Source: Andy Arthur / Flickr

45. Vermont
> Best place to birdwatch: Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
> All-time bird sightings in Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area: 238 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Snow Goose, Red-winged Blackbird (15,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Vermont last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (32,000 sightings)
> State bird: Hermit Thrush