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Top Locations in December
within 25 miles of Cary, NC, USA

This page shows the top birding locations in the month of December. The chart shows how many species can be found in the region for each month of the year as a measure of local "birdiness".

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Rank Map Location Distance Checklists Species
1 Lake Crabtree County Park 3.6 329 127
2 Jordan Lake--Historical Data Only 15.3 47 111
3 Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment 23.4 155 110
4 Mid Pines Rd. 6.7 399 108
5 Mason Farm Biological Reserve 14.6 232 106
6 Lake Benson 11.9 63 105
7 Yates Mill County Park 7.2 228 102
8 Jordan Lake SRA--Ebenezer Point 15.0 103 101
9 Schenck Forest 3.6 114 100
10 Falls Lake--Rolling View 16.1 143 97
11 Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance 3.3 97 97
12 Falls Lake--Ellerbe Creek RR Grade 19.0 41 96
13 Lake Raleigh 6.0 71 96
14 William B. Umstead SP--Big Lake 5.7 84 94
15 Shelley Lake 8.1 92 92
16 Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning 3.9 228 92
17 Butner Game Land--Brickhouse Rd. (Durham Co.) 21.9 25 90
18 Lake Betz 7.3 107 89
19 Bond Park 2.7 87 89
20 Falls Lake--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp 18.4 42 88
21 Sandy Creek Park 16.1 261 88
22 Lake Lynn 7.7 129 88
23 Lake Crabtree Dam 3.3 92 87
24 Lake Johnson Park 4.2 134 86
25 Lake Wheeler marshes 6.9 65 85
26 Lake Wheeler 8.2 39 82
27 Harris Game Land--Upper Boat Ramp 15.5 48 81
28 Jordan Lake SRA--Seaforth 14.9 38 79
29 Falls Lake--Beaverdam Reservoir 18.0 24 78
30 Jordan Game Land--Transis Camp Rd. 12.6 22 78
31 Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve 15.1 39 78
32 Neuse River Trail--Abbotts Creek 14.5 122 78
33 Williamson Preserve 19.2 32 78
34 Jordan Game Land---(751 bridge) Northeast Creek 10.6 14 77
35 Eagle Spur Rail Trail--Stagecoach Rd. 11.9 14 77
36 Harris Lake County Park 14.0 47 77
37 Jordan Lake--B. Everett Jordan Dam 18.7 44 77
38 Apex Community Park 3.7 55 77
39 Briar Chapel--Pokeberry Creek 18.2 50 77
40 William B. Umstead SP 5.4 24 76
41 Bass Lake Park & Trail 10.7 50 76
42 University Lake, Chapel Hill 19.3 40 75
43 Maple View Farm (Birding From Roads Only) 24.1 66 73
44 Falls Lake--Neuse River RR Grade (Granville Co) 20.0 7 73
45 Beaver Marsh 16.7 181 73
46 Symphony Lake Greenway 4.4 43 70
47 Crabtree Creek Wetland--West of Raleigh Blvd. 9.8 34 69
48 Brumley Nature Preserve--North 22.2 93 69
49 Durant Nature Preserve 13.3 46 67
50 Walnut Creek Wetland Center 9.0 12 67
51 Butner Game Land--Brickhouse Rd. (Granville Co.) 21.9 4 66
52 Butner Game Land--H Street Fields 23.2 9 66
53 North Carolina Museum of Art--Sculpture Garden 4.6 48 65
54 Brier Creek Reservoir 5.9 44 64
55 Old Bynum Bridge 20.4 24 64
56 Jordan Lake--Educational State Forest 14.7 20 64
57 Rainbow Soccer Complex 16.2 38 64
58 North Wake Landfill Park (formerly North Wake Sanitary Landfill) 14.1 27 63
59 Sarah P. Duke Gardens 16.8 44 62
60 Jordan Lake SRA--Parker's Creek 15.0 7 62
61 17 Acre Woods 18.0 55 62
62 Knap of Reeds Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 23.9 10 62
63 White Oak Creek Greenway--West Side 6.7 26 62
64 Harris Lake--NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd. 13.3 19 62
65 Walnut Creek Trail--Wetland Center 9.0 7 62
66 Macedonia Lake/Speight Branch Greenway 3.5 14 62
67 New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment 13.8 24 61
68 Jordan Game Land--Mason Point Peninsula 12.1 8 61
69 Neuse River Trail--Anderson Point Park 13.5 11 61
70 Neuse River Trail--Mingo Bridge 13.6 3 61
71 Fred Fletcher Park 7.4 32 60
72 Neuse River Trail--Mial Plantation Road 18.1 11 60
73 Falls Lake--Dam 15.2 12 59
74 Johnston Mill Nature Preserve 20.5 29 59
75 Eno River SP--Few's Ford 23.2 37 59
76 Duke University--Wetland Center 'SWAMP' 16.4 34 59
77 White Deer Park 11.6 9 59
78 Raven Rock SP 23.9 27 58
79 Lower Haw SNA--Bynum 20.3 13 58
80 Falls Lake--Will Suitt Rd. RR Grade 20.0 10 58
81 North Carolina Botanical Garden 16.0 80 57
82 Middle Creek Bottomlands II 24.9 13 57
83 Jordan Game Land--Cub Creek 13.7 9 57
84 Jordan Game Land--(Big Woods Rd. Bridge) Bush Creek 14.8 7 56
85 West Point on the Eno Park 20.5 11 56
86 Lick Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 13.2 7 56
87 E. Carroll Joyner Park 20.6 17 56
88 Third Fork Creek Trail 13.6 28 56
89 Blue Jay Point County Park 14.5 26 55
90 Falls Lake--Will Suitt Mudflats 18.8 4 55
91 Eden Lakes 23.7 10 55
92 Brumley Nature Preserve--South 22.7 15 55
93 Patterson Place Constructed Wetland 16.0 35 55
94 Ritter Park 4.3 12 54
95 UNC Chapel Hill--Coker Arboretum 17.2 41 54
96 Jordan Lake--New Hope Creek arm (Chatham Co) 12.0 7 54
97 Horace Williams Tract 19.1 18 54
98 Falls Lake--Olive Grove Church Rd. 17.1 2 54
99 AIHF Trail 8300 Health Park 10.0 14 54
100 Morgan Creek Trail 17.5 30 54
101 American Tobacco Trail--New Hill-Olive Chapel Road Access 10.5 10 54
102 Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park 13.6 22 54
103 Blackwood Farm Park 22.9 20 54
104 Little Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 14.5 10 53
105 South Ellerbe Creek Trail 16.4 17 53
106 Crabtree Creek Watershed 4.7 10 53
107 NCSU Experimental Farm 7.1 22 52
108 Jordan Game Land--Farrington Point Boating Access 13.1 17 52
109 Inwood Rd. 7.3 29 52
110 Fearrington Village 17.5 19 52
111 Orange County Sportsplex Pond 24.9 40 52
112 stakeout Varied Thrush, Cary (2020) 1.5 198 52
113 Discovery Lake (Restricted Access) 8.2 21 51
114 North Carolina Museum of Life and Science 17.8 28 51
115 Hank Anderson Community Park 20.3 31 51
116 New Hope Bottomlands 15.5 6 51
117 Rocky Branch Greenway 6.4 17 51
118 Dorothea Dix 6.6 11 51
119 Duke Forest--Korstian Division 19.6 20 50
120 White Pines Nature Preserve 24.5 20 50
121 Leigh Farm Park 14.5 9 50
122 Neuse River Trail (Historic only. Use more specific location.) 13.5 4 50
123 Clayton Riverwalk--County Line to Sam's Branch Greenway 21.1 5 50
124 Pierce Woods and Pond 15.9 26 50
125 Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve 4.6 22 49
126 Barksdale Drive Greenway 9.9 5 49
127 Jordan Game Land--Audubon Platform 12.3 17 49
128 Brian P's Yard (Private) 14.4 24 49
129 White Oak Creek Greenway--Wetland 6.1 7 49
130 Crabtree Creek Greenway--Capital Blvd to Atlantic Ave 9.6 3 48
131 Jordan Lake--NC Forest HQ (Model Plane Field) 14.1 6 48
132 Penny's Bend Nature Preserve 20.0 8 48
133 Swift Creek Bluffs 5.3 14 48
134 Jordan Game Land--(Lystra Rd. Bridge) Overcup Creek 14.0 7 48
135 North Carolina Museum of Art--Pond 4.7 16 48
136 Pinehurst Drive Ponds 15.6 11 48
137 Carolina North--Tripp Farm Gate 19.7 12 48
138 Wendell Park 22.6 8 47
139 Forest Ridge Park 16.5 8 46
140 Pullen Park 6.6 8 45
141 Bolin Creek--Community Park to MLK Blvd. 17.4 28 45
142 North Carolina State University Campus 6.2 21 45
143 Glennstone/Heron Rookery 18.4 5 45
144 Chandler's Swamp 16.9 4 45
145 Turnipseed Preserve 20.5 5 45
146 Pulley Town Road Fields 22.5 4 45
147 Crabtree Creek Greenway--Atlantic Ave to Anderson Drive 8.6 3 45
148 Eno River SP--Pleasant Green 21.9 10 44
149 Horton Grove Nature Preserve 24.6 9 44
150 Lower Booker Creek Trail 17.0 9 44
151 Southern Community Park--Fan Branch Trail 17.1 17 44
152 Neuse River Trail--Andy Drive 14.6 7 44
153 Jordan Lake--Farrington Point Rd Causeway 12.9 14 43
154 Jordan Game Land--Rock Quarry Public Fishing Area 13.8 6 43
155 Falls Lake SRA--Information Center 16.3 5 43
156 Prairie Ridge Ecostation--Bird Feeders 3.9 11 43
157 Pritchard Park Nature Trail 17.3 29 43
158 Capital Hills Drive Wetlands 13.9 3 43
159 Jordan Lake--Crosswinds Marina 13.2 16 42
160 Stagecoach Road Waterfowl Impoundment 12.2 6 42
161 Falls Lake--Hwy. 50 Boat Ramp 16.8 12 41
162 Ephesus Park--Chapel Hill 16.3 10 41
163 Baileywick Road Park 10.2 9 41
164 Little River Waterfowl Impoundment 20.6 7 41
165 American Tobacco Trail--C.M. Herndon Park 10.4 3 40
166 Merritt's Pasture 16.9 7 40
167 Eno River SP--Cole Mill/Pump Station 21.6 11 39
168 Jordan Lake SRA--Visitor's Center 13.8 7 39
169 Jordan Lake SRA--Ebenezer Church Boat Ramp 14.8 8 39
170 Kildaire Farms Lake 2.3 3 39
171 Hoffman Lake 2.4 5 39
172 Homestead Park 19.3 11 39
173 Duke University--Reclamation Pond 17.3 21 39
174 UNC Chapel Hill--Battle Park 16.9 7 38
175 Chatham Co. Northeast District Park 14.1 6 38
176 Piedmont Nature Trail 15.9 8 38
177 Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park 15.6 3 38
178 Whippoorwill Park & Warren Creek Trail 19.4 4 37
179 Eastgate Park 9.5 8 37
180 Lake Rogers Park 23.7 11 37
181 Hilltop Needmore Park--North 11.1 4 37
182 Jordan Lake SRA--New Hope Overlook 16.7 6 36
183 Patterson Road Waterfowl Impoundment 14.8 1 36
184 Duke Forest--Hollow Rock & Hollow Rock Nature Park 17.9 11 36
185 Little River Fishing Facility 23.7 3 36
186 Greenview Ponds 7.6 1 35
187 Laurel Hill Park 5.4 3 35
188 Falls Lake--Mountains-to-Sea Trail South of Cheek Rd. 17.4 1 35
189 Higgins Greenway 1.2 8 35
190 Leesville Park 7.5 5 35
191 Chapel Hill Community Park 16.9 7 35
192 Shaw Lake 9.9 1 35
193 Indian Trail Park 18.1 7 34
194 Haw River--Bynum Dam 20.5 3 34
195 Duke Forest--Blackwood Division - Gate 34 21.5 7 34
196 Jordan Lake SRA--Poplar Point 14.2 5 34
197 Jordan Lake--Marthas Chapel Pulloff 12.6 6 34
198 J.C. Raulston Arboretum 4.6 5 34
199 Bolin Creek--Adams and Craig Tracts 18.8 5 34
200 Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park 22.3 44 34
201 Falls Lake--Rollingview Marina 15.5 8 33
202 Wooten Meadow Park 6.8 3 33
203 Brookhaven Nature Park 6.7 12 33
204 Carpenter Park 5.1 4 33
205 Parker Preserve 15.5 6 33
206 Northgate Park 17.2 5 32
207 East Fork Mine Creek Trail (Bent Creek) 9.4 9 32
208 Roland E. Horne Walking Trail 23.4 4 32
209 Jack Marley Park 19.7 3 32
210 Crabtree Creek Trail--Anderson Drive to Lassiter Mill Road 8.3 1 32
211 Falls Lake 15.1 18 31
212 Poplar Point Wastewater Ponds (Restricted Access) 13.8 9 31
213 Duke Forest--Gate 12 19.9 3 31
214 Strickland Park 8.9 4 31
215 Carrboro High School 18.4 4 30
216 Smith Creek Greenway (Entrance on Creek Moss Avenue) 16.2 1 30
217 Apex Nature Park 8.6 3 29
218 Neuse River Trail--Abbington Lane 13.5 1 29
219 Lower Haw SNA--Hwy. 64 18.7 2 28
220 Shearon Harris Visitor's Center 12.7 3 28
221 Neuse River Trail--Milburnie Park 13.5 1 28
222 Indian Creek Greenway 3.5 3 28
223 Falls Lake--Mountains-to-Sea Trail Jimmy Rogers Road Access 15.2 1 28
224 Ten-Ten Road Pond 9.4 14 27
225 Jordan Lake--New Hope Creek Arm (Durham Co) 12.3 2 27
226 Falls Lake--Cheek Road Causeway (Durham Co.) 17.7 7 27
227 South Durham WRF 13.3 3 27
228 Jordan Lake SRA--Robeson Creek Canoe Access 18.4 2 27
229 Salem Pond Park 4.5 6 27
230 Town Lake Park 23.4 3 27
231 Valley Springs Park 20.7 2 27
232 Ammons Farm Rd. 24.7 2 27
233 Neuse River Trail--Poole Road 14.1 1 27
234 Falls Lake--Sandling Beach 17.5 5 26
235 Falls Lake--Holly Pt./Shinleaf 15.9 2 24
236 Duke University--East Campus 16.6 1 24
237 O'Kelly Chapel Road Waterfowl Impoundment 9.9 2 24
238 William B. Umstead SP--Turkey Creek Trail 4.2 2 24
239 Historic Oakwood Cemetery 8.7 2 24
240 Jordan Lake--Morgan Creek arm (seasonal mudflats) 12.6 1 23
241 Crowder District Park 6.8 6 23
242 Jordan Lake SRA--Robeson Creek Boat Ramp 18.9 1 23
243 Neuse River Trail--Falls River 15.6 1 23
244 UNC Chapel Hill--Battle Grove 17.1 2 22
245 West Lake Road Ponds 8.7 11 22
246 Falls Lake--Olive Grove Church Rd. Ramp 18.4 4 22
247 Martin Luther King Jr Park 19.7 3 22
248 Raleigh-Durham Airport Observation Deck 6.4 7 21
249 Bass Lake Outfall Greenway 11.0 1 21
250 Hymettus Woods Park 5.9 5 21
251 DO NOT USE--Historical Only for Brumley Nature Preserve 22.4 2 20
252 Duke Forest--Eno Division 22.9 2 19
253 Duke Forest--Gate 4 18.1 2 19
254 Cedar Falls Park 18.2 4 19
255 Knightdale Station Park 17.3 1 19
256 Morrisville Community Park 3.9 1 19
257 William B. Umstead SP--Reedy Creek Lake 3.8 4 18
258 Falls Lake--Upper Beaverdam Reservoir 19.0 4 18
259 Lee Game Land 22.6 1 18
260 Old Oxford Rd. Pond 20.9 9 18
261 Glenn Stoffregen Memorial Garden 12.9 1 18
262 Robeson Creek Greenway 22.9 1 18
263 Bolin Creek--Umstead Park 18.1 4 18
264 Falls Lake SRA--Woodpecker Ridge 16.3 1 17
265 Sims Branch Greenway 13.1 1 17
266 American Tobacco Trail--Southpoint Crossing 12.0 2 17
267 Forest Hills Park 15.0 2 17
268 Cornwallis Road Park 16.1 3 16
269 Erwin Road Swamp 17.7 2 15
270 Jordan Game Land--(751 bridge) White Oak Creek 10.3 1 14
271 Duke University--Chapel Woods 17.1 1 14
272 Beaver Creek Greenway 7.0 1 14
273 Neuse River Trail--Thornton Road 15.5 2 13
274 Biltmore Hills Park (Access from Fitzgerald Dr.) 9.2 1 13
275 Rock Ridge Park 23.8 2 12
276 Eno River SP--The Quarry 21.2 2 11
277 Cape Fear River--Buckhorn Road 20.9 2 11
278 Harris Game Land--Lower Boat Ramp 18.6 1 11
279 UNC Chapel Hill--Kenan Woods 17.0 3 11
280 Jordan Game Land--Lower Little Creek 13.2 1 11
281 Edna Metz Wells Park 7.1 2 10
282 Fallon park 8.1 2 10
283 South Wake County Landfill (Restricted Access) 8.9 2 10
284 American Tobacco Trail--Woodcroft 12.3 3 10
285 Duke Forest--Gate 10 19.3 1 9
286 Jordan Lake SRA--Vista Point 16.1 1 8
287 American Tobacco Trail--White Oak Church Rd. Access 7.9 1 8
288 Camden Ave Pond 16.3 1 8
289 Duke Forest Rd. 20.7 1 7
290 Little Creek Trail 15.3 1 7
291 Duke University--Anderson Woods 17.0 1 5
292 Durant Nature Park--Fairy Garden 13.4 1 5
293 American Tobacco Trail--Solite Park 12.3 1 5
294 Clemmons Educational State Forest 18.0 1 4
295 Chimney Swift Roost--Downtown Raleigh 7.9 1 4
296 Eva Perry Library 4.2 1 4
297 Hilltop Needmore Park--South 11.5 3 4
298 Jordan Game Land--Bells Church Fishing Access 12.9 1 3
299 Jordan Game Land--(Hortons Pond Rd.) Mill Branch 11.6 2 2
300 Duke Park 16.6 1 2
301 American Tobacco Trail--Southpoint Mall 12.2 1 2
302 Duke Forest--Shepherd Nature Trail 18.7 1 1
303 American Tobacco Trail--Wimberly Road Access 8.1 1 1
304 The Hamner Institutes 8.7 1 1
305 Robertson Millpond Preserve 20.7 1 1
306 Neuse River Trail--Auburn Knightdale Road 15.6 1 1
307 American Tobacco Trail--Blackwell Street Trailhead 15.4 1 1
308 Neuse River Trail--River Bend 14.9 1 1