Birding at Chapman State Park

Hairy woodpeckerHairy WoodpeckerChapman State Park supports a wide variety of bird life year round--water birds, shore birds and a rich population of forest birds. The National Audubon Society has designated the Park as an “Important Bird Area,” an area vital to bird conservation and other biodiversity, and one of only 30 areas in Maryland carrying this distinction.Bald eagles are common along the Potomac River shoreline as are ospreys, and seasonal populations of geese, ducks, and herons..Eighteen forest dwelling species were identified in a 1999-2000 survey conducted by George Wilmot including four species on the Audubon Society’s “watch list”. These are the Wood Thrush, Prothonotery Warbler, Worm Eating Warbler and Kentucky Warbler. Link to theSouthern Maryland Audubon Society.

Eastern Wood Pewee F1Eastern Wood Pewee
The Park's trails and shoreline provide an inviting opportunity for the seasoned birder and amateur alike. Three other sites designated as IBAs are close by--Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center, Mattawoman Creek area, and the Zekiah Swamp.


The following birds were sited during the 1999-2000 survey conducted by George Wilmot and contained in the Audobon Society's record of the important bird area designation.

Hairy Woodpecker Wood Thrush
Northern Parula Red Eyed Vireo
Eastern Wood Peewee Worm Eating Warbler
Black and White Warbler Pileated Wood Pecker
Prothonotary Warbler Acadian Flycatcher
Ovenbird Louisiana Water Thrush
Kentucky Warbler Hooded Warbler