Niagara County’s ample waterways — the mighty Niagara River, for one, as well as Lake Ontario — make the area prime for birdwatching, especially in the spring and autumn, when migration season is underway.
“It could best be described as a smorgasbord,” says Frank Campbell, Destination Niagara USA’s outdoor promotions director. “Niagara County is referred to as a lake plain and many birds use the area for its topography. Birds from the arctic and Alaska will migrate through the Niagara Region in flocks of thousands or as a single passer through, either stopping on their way farther south or using our area as a winter home.”
Known as a globally significant Important Bird Area, the Niagara River Corridor is brimming with opportunities for bird viewing, whether you’re brand new to the hobby or have years of experience. All you need is a pair of binoculars or a sighting scope, and the inside scoop on where to head — and which birds on the Niagara to keep an eagle-eye out for.