Birding at the Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum and adjacent Ridley Creek State Park have been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society in recognition of the rich woodland and meadow habitats that constitute one of the few remaining natural space open areas in Delaware County. Only 16 miles from Philadelphia, the site’s value to birds is especially important due to this close proximity to a major urban area.
The varied habitat of Tyler provides an abundance of bird life year round. An extensive trail system provides over 20 miles of access through the Arboretum’s natural areas. Both novice and seasoned birders will find many species to enjoy. Over the years, observers have documented more than 195 bird species. Year-round populations include bluebirds, pileated woodpeckers, and large and small hawks. Spring migration can produce up to 33 species of warblers. Other species include hooded warbler, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, common yellowthroat, wood thrush, blue-gray gnatcatcher and brown thrasher. Tyler Arboretum also maintains and monitors an extensive bluebird house trail with over 40 nest boxes.
Guided bird walks are held weekly on Wednesday mornings. Van trips are offered to regional birding areas in fall, winter, and spring are also available through the Education Department.