Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA), a 70,000 acre park
which protects 40 miles of the middle Delaware River, offers a wide
variety of opportunities for viewing birds in the wild.
There are hundreds of species of birds that are present in the
DWGNRA year-round or seasonally.
The DWGNRA has a healthy population of Hawks and Eagles, and the
nesting Bald Eagles are a popular spring attraction.
Peregrine Falcons have been nesting in the cliffs of the Delaware
Water Gap for several seasons.
Birders can enjoy hiking trails, biking trails, paddling on the
Delaware River or taking in the local waterfall attractions while spying
on common bird species in the DWGNRA.
Dingmans Campground is located right in the center of the DWGNRA,
offering easy access to the Delaware River, nearby waterfalls, hiking
trails and biking trails.
Please check out the following links for details about activities that
will enhance the bird watchers visit to the DWGNRA:
View information on Delaware River Paddling
View information on Hiking
View information on Biking
View information on Waterfalls Hikes
Nesting Bald Eagles:
Eagles can be seen year-round in the DWGNRA, but the spring nesting
season attracts the most bird watchers to the region.
There are typically a dozen or more nesting pairs of Bald Eagles
throughout the Delaware River corridor in the DWGNRA each season.
Several of these active nests are easily visible from the roads,
hiking trails and biking trails of the DWGNRA.
Bald Eagles generally start nesting in early spring, and the
young are visible in the nests by late spring.
In early summer, the young Bald Eagles can be seen soaring and
fishing with their parents along the Delaware River.
Paddling on the Delaware River affords the avid bird watcher the
best opportunity to glimpse these majestic birds in action (see the link
DVRC Annual Raptor Show:
Delaware Valley Raptor Center (DVRC), located in near-by Milford, PA, is
dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of birds of prey, or
•Raptors•, in the DWGNRA and the surrounding Pocono Region.
Not all injured raptors can be fully rehabilitated and returned
to the wild, so many are now permanent residents at the DVRC.
The captive birds are used for educational purposes.
On the Saturday of the July 4th holiday weekend, Mr.
Bill Streeter of the DVRC brings his unique collection of live raptors,
and his incredible wealth of knowledge, to Dingmans Campground for a one
hour raptor show. The DVRC raptor show includes live eagles, hawks,
falcons, owls, kestrel and kites.
Kids are mesmerized by these amazing birds.
Make your reservations for the July 4th weekend at
Dingmans Campground now, because we fill up quickly for the DVRC Raptor
Common River Bird Species (varies seasonally):
• Bald Eagle
• Barn Swallow
• Peregrine Falcon
• Red-Winged Blackbird
• Turkey Vulture
Common Forest & Field Bird Species (varies
• Blue Jay
• Cat Bird
• Humming Birds
• Wild Turkey
• Wood Thrush