Birding

Cullinan Park at Oyster Creek is a magnet for big populations and wide varieties of birds throughout the year.

As an introduction to the wonderful birding at Cullinan Park, please download and print out a copy of this Bird Checklist for the Park. We think you’ll be impressed and pleased at the wide variety of birds that can be seen year-round at the Park.

There are a number of places to focus on for your bird watching visit. For instance, an excellent pier and observation tower at Pumpkin Lake make it easy to view and photograph the birds in the Lake and its shore-hugging marsh. Pumpkin Lake, and its more secluded sister lake, White Lake, are noted for waders such as White Ibises, Great and Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Green Herons, and Snowy Egrets, as well as a nice list of ducks, including American Coots, Common Moorhens, Pied-billed Grebes, Whistling Ducks, Redheads, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, Widgeons, Gadwalls, Blue- and Green-Winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, and sometimes Wood Ducks.

In the hardwood forests ringing the Lakes and lacing the Park, it’s not surprising to find Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-Crowned Warblers, Sedge or Carolina Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-Crowned or Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Phoebes, as well as our more typical urban visitors, such as Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, White-winged and Mourning Dove, and noisy Grackles!  If you’re lucky, you might spot a Pileated Woodpecker flitting through the forest!

And, as you emerge from the forest, please look above, you might spot an Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk,  Red-tailed Hawk, Black or Turkey Vulture or a Caracara.  Or maybe others!  Keep a good eye out!

Please come to Cullinan Park, and take a look!  We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!