Something Worth Tweeting? Chester County Among 10 Best Counties in Pennsylvania for Birdwatchers

Birdwatching in Chester County
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Chester County is among the 10 best counties in Pennsylvania for birdwatchers, according to eBird, the online database of bird observations.

The site allows bird enthusiasts (and other volunteers) to submit data on the birds they see at any location.

Chester County ranked eighth in the Keystone State based on the number of species reported at 322. Bucks County ranked first; Delaware County fourth; Montgomery County ninth.

Meanwhile, local birders are among the most prolific in the state. Their reporting fervor bumped Chester County’s rank to third. The rankings also reflect submitted checklists — reported tallies of observed bird varieties. Chester County logged 120,087 checklists from 4,106 birders.

The top observer based on the number of species is Holly Merker at 287. Steve Cottrell submitted the highest number of checklists — a whopping 3,584.

To give ornithology a try, swoop over to the top Chester County hotspot, Marsh Creek State Park. So far, 240 species have been spotted by avid watchers. Hibernia County Park in Coatesville is a close second, at 238 species.

Read more about the best counties for birdwatchers at eBird.

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