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

This page shows the top birding locations in the month of May. 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 3.6 388 172
2 Mason Farm Biological Reserve 14.6 550 168
3 Yates Mill County Park 7.2 381 158
4 Sandy Creek Park 16.1 561 154
5 Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance 3.3 322 147
6 Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment 23.4 125 142
7 Schenck Forest 3.6 175 140
8 Crabtree Creek Wetland--West of Raleigh Blvd. 9.8 210 138
9 Lake Johnson Park 4.2 234 137
10 Mid Pines Rd. 6.7 400 135
11 Brumley Nature Preserve--North 22.2 272 135
12 Old Bynum Bridge 20.4 299 134
13 Butner Game Land--Brickhouse Rd. (Durham Co.) 21.9 78 131
14 Briar Chapel--Pokeberry Creek 18.2 170 126
15 Jordan Lake--Historical Data Only 15.3 28 124
16 Lake Lynn 7.7 129 124
17 Falls Lake--Ellerbe Creek RR Grade 19.0 56 123
18 Lake Betz 7.3 227 123
19 Neuse River Trail--Mial Plantation Road 18.1 87 123
20 Eagle Spur Rail Trail--Stagecoach Rd. 11.9 26 121
21 Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning 3.9 210 119
22 Maple View Farm (Birding From Roads Only) 24.1 203 118
23 Bond Park 2.7 132 118
24 Bass Lake Park & Trail 10.7 55 118
25 Macedonia Lake/Speight Branch Greenway 3.5 103 118
26 Lake Raleigh 6.0 87 115
27 Shelley Lake 8.1 89 113
28 17 Acre Woods 18.0 112 112
29 Durant Nature Preserve 13.3 74 111
30 Butner Game Land--Brickhouse Rd. (Granville Co.) 21.9 30 108
31 Neuse River Trail--Abbotts Creek 14.5 141 108
32 Little Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 14.5 33 103
33 Falls Lake--Dam 15.2 26 103
34 Lower Haw SNA--Bynum 20.3 40 103
35 Jordan Game Land--Transis Camp Rd. 12.6 38 102
36 Jordan Lake SRA--Ebenezer Point 15.0 24 101
37 Eno River SP--Few's Ford 23.2 59 101
38 Jordan Lake SRA--Vista Point 16.1 14 101
39 Rainbow Soccer Complex 16.2 53 100
40 Lake Crabtree Dam 3.3 48 100
41 William B. Umstead SP 5.4 41 99
42 Jordan Game Land---(751 bridge) Northeast Creek 10.6 21 99
43 Jordan Lake--B. Everett Jordan Dam 18.7 40 99
44 Brumley Nature Preserve--South 22.7 54 99
45 Neuse River Trail--Anderson Point Park 13.5 28 98
46 White Oak Creek Greenway--West Side 6.7 49 98
47 Sarah P. Duke Gardens 16.8 53 97
48 Raven Rock SP 23.9 40 97
49 Eno River SP--Cole Mill/Pump Station 21.6 51 97
50 Harris Game Land--Upper Boat Ramp 15.5 46 97
51 White Deer Park 11.6 34 97
52 Lake Wheeler 8.2 15 96
53 William B. Umstead SP--Big Lake 5.7 33 96
54 Harris Lake County Park 14.0 56 96
55 Jordan Lake--Educational State Forest 14.7 39 96
56 Horton Grove Nature Preserve 24.6 60 96
57 Falls Lake 15.1 18 95
58 Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve 15.1 44 95
59 American Tobacco Trail--New Hill-Olive Chapel Road Access 10.5 39 95
60 Blue Jay Point County Park 14.5 32 94
61 Johnston Mill Nature Preserve 20.5 59 94
62 Falls Lake--Hickory Hill Boat Ramp 18.4 28 94
63 Shearon Harris Visitor's Center 12.7 13 94
64 Jordan Lake SRA--Parker's Creek 15.0 14 93
65 Neuse River Trail--Mingo Bridge 13.6 15 93
66 Duke Forest--Korstian Division 19.6 40 92
67 New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment 13.8 23 91
68 Beaver Marsh 16.7 181 91
69 Knap of Reeds Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 23.9 5 91
70 Glennstone/Heron Rookery 18.4 49 91
71 University Lake, Chapel Hill 19.3 17 91
72 Beaver Creek Greenway 7.0 38 91
73 Haw River--Bynum Dam 20.5 14 90
74 Neuse River Trail (Historic only. Use more specific location.) 13.5 10 90
75 Pinehurst Drive Ponds 15.6 32 90
76 Ritter Park 4.3 46 89
77 Lake Benson 11.9 15 89
78 Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park 13.6 41 89
79 Falls Lake--Sandling Beach 17.5 17 88
80 Morgan Creek Trail 17.5 38 88
81 Jordan Lake--NC Forest HQ (Model Plane Field) 14.1 10 87
82 North Carolina Botanical Garden 16.0 136 87
83 South Ellerbe Creek Trail 16.4 31 87
84 Duke University--Wetland Center 'SWAMP' 16.4 39 87
85 Jordan Game Land--Cub Creek 13.7 4 87
86 Falls Lake--Rolling View 16.1 22 86
87 Jordan Lake--New Hope Creek arm (Chatham Co) 12.0 11 86
88 Symphony Lake Greenway 4.4 21 86
89 Falls Lake--Mountains-to-Sea Trail South of Cheek Rd. 17.4 10 86
90 Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve 4.6 52 85
91 Lower Haw SNA--Hwy. 64 18.7 32 85
92 Lake Wheeler marshes 6.9 42 85
93 Jordan Game Land--(751 bridge) White Oak Creek 10.3 21 84
94 Fearrington Village 17.5 42 84
95 E. Carroll Joyner Park 20.6 19 84
96 Falls Lake--Mountains-to-Sea Trail Jimmy Rogers Road Access 15.2 5 84
97 White Pines Nature Preserve 24.5 31 83
98 Inwood Rd. 7.3 48 82
99 Neuse River Trail--Thornton Road 15.5 7 82
100 Third Fork Creek Trail 13.6 17 82
101 North Wake Landfill Park (formerly North Wake Sanitary Landfill) 14.1 25 81
102 Jordan Game Land--Farrington Point Boating Access 13.1 19 81
103 Carolina North--Tripp Farm Gate 19.7 25 81
104 DO NOT USE--Historical Only for Brumley Nature Preserve 22.4 18 81
105 Jordan Game Land--Mason Point Peninsula 12.1 11 80
106 Cape Fear River--Buckhorn Road 20.9 4 80
107 Blackwood Farm Park 22.9 21 79
108 Jordan Game Land--(Big Woods Rd. Bridge) Bush Creek 14.8 18 78
109 Middle Creek Bottomlands II 24.9 12 75
110 Swift Creek Bluffs 5.3 40 75
111 Lower Booker Creek Trail 17.0 13 75
112 Clayton Riverwalk--County Line to Sam's Branch Greenway 21.1 7 75
113 Merritt's Pasture 16.9 18 75
114 NCSU Experimental Farm 7.1 28 74
115 Hank Anderson Community Park 20.3 42 74
116 Patterson Place Constructed Wetland 16.0 44 74
117 Crabtree Creek Greenway--Capital Blvd to Atlantic Ave 9.6 7 73
118 Bolin Creek--Community Park to MLK Blvd. 17.4 32 73
119 North Carolina Museum of Life and Science 17.8 32 73
120 Jordan Game Land--(Lystra Rd. Bridge) Overcup Creek 14.0 11 73
121 Duke Forest--Gate 4 18.1 8 73
122 Penny's Bend Nature Preserve 20.0 17 72
123 AIHF Trail 8300 Health Park 10.0 16 72
124 Duke Forest--Gate 12 19.9 9 72
125 Falls Lake--Beaverdam Reservoir 18.0 8 71
126 Brier Creek Reservoir 5.9 17 71
127 Rocky Branch Greenway 6.4 31 71
128 Turnipseed Preserve 20.5 22 71
129 Wendell Park 22.6 12 71
130 Stagecoach Road Waterfowl Impoundment 12.2 10 70
131 Baileywick Road Park 10.2 16 70
132 Crabtree Creek Watershed 4.7 20 70
133 North Carolina Museum of Art--Sculpture Garden 4.6 14 70
134 White Oak Creek Greenway--Wetland 6.1 17 70
135 Horace Williams Tract 19.1 17 68
136 William B. Umstead SP--Reedy Creek Lake 3.8 10 68
137 Leigh Farm Park 14.5 13 68
138 Brian P's Yard (Private) 14.4 38 68
139 Parker Preserve 15.5 19 68
140 Pierce Woods and Pond 15.9 22 68
141 Discovery Lake (Restricted Access) 8.2 28 67
142 Jordan Game Land--Audubon Platform 12.3 23 67
143 Southern Community Park--Fan Branch Trail 17.1 15 67
144 Jordan Lake SRA--Seaforth 14.9 11 66
145 West Point on the Eno Park 20.5 13 66
146 Jordan Lake SRA--Ebenezer Church Boat Ramp 14.8 5 66
147 Falls Lake--Olive Grove Church Rd. 17.1 5 65
148 Neuse River Trail--Auburn Knightdale Road 15.6 4 65
149 Falls Lake--Will Suitt Rd. RR Grade 20.0 5 64
150 Apex Community Park 3.7 19 64
151 Jordan Lake SRA--Robeson Creek Canoe Access 18.4 11 64
152 Bolin Creek--Adams and Craig Tracts 18.8 13 64
153 Harris Lake--NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd. 13.3 8 64
154 Indian Trail Park 18.1 12 62
155 William B. Umstead SP--Turkey Creek Trail 4.2 5 62
156 Jordan Game Land--Bells Church Fishing Access 12.9 2 62
157 Chapel Hill Community Park 16.9 9 62
158 New Hope Bottomlands 15.5 4 61
159 Ammons Farm Rd. 24.7 10 61
160 Raven Rock SP--Avents Creek Access Area 22.3 3 61
161 Jordan Game Land--Rock Quarry Public Fishing Area 13.8 5 60
162 Dorothea Dix 6.6 8 60
163 Duke University--Reclamation Pond 17.3 34 60
164 Jordan Lake--Crosswinds Marina 13.2 20 59
165 Fred Fletcher Park 7.4 20 59
166 Jordan Lake--New Hope Creek Arm (Durham Co) 12.3 2 59
167 Apex Nature Park 8.6 10 59
168 Barksdale Drive Greenway 9.9 6 57
169 Whippoorwill Park & Warren Creek Trail 19.4 14 57
170 Homestead Park 19.3 10 57
171 UNC Chapel Hill--Battle Park 16.9 15 56
172 Jordan Lake SRA--Poplar Point 14.2 7 56
173 Robertson Millpond Preserve 20.7 11 56
174 Harris Game Land--Lower Boat Ramp 18.6 4 55
175 Duke Forest--Gate 10 19.3 12 55
176 Edna Metz Wells Park 7.1 19 54
177 Williamson Preserve 19.2 5 54
178 Duke Forest--Hollow Rock & Hollow Rock Nature Park 17.9 18 53
179 Piedmont Nature Trail 15.9 7 53
180 Jordan Lake--Farrington Point Rd Causeway 12.9 2 52
181 Falls Lake--Hwy. 50 Boat Ramp 16.8 5 52
182 Indian Creek Greenway 3.5 10 52
183 Shaw Lake 9.9 4 52
184 Jordan Lake--Poe's Ridge 19.9 3 51
185 Little Creek Trail 15.3 4 51
186 Fallon park 8.1 12 51
187 Mingo Creek Trail 15.1 6 51
188 Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park 15.6 6 51
189 Jordan Lake SRA--Visitor's Center 13.8 5 50
190 Pulley Town Road Fields 22.5 3 50
191 Jordan Lake SRA--New Hope Overlook 16.7 5 49
192 East Fork Mine Creek Trail (Bent Creek) 9.4 10 49
193 Pritchard Park Nature Trail 17.3 19 49
194 Higgins Greenway 1.2 6 49
195 American Tobacco Trail--Southpoint Mall 12.2 3 49
196 Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park 22.3 41 49
197 Walnut Creek Greenway between Lake Dam Rd & Gorman St 5.1 6 48
198 Brookhaven Nature Park 6.7 13 48
199 UNC Chapel Hill--Coker Arboretum 17.2 26 47
200 Falls Lake--Holly Pt./Shinleaf 15.9 17 47
201 Crowder District Park 6.8 10 47
202 J.C. Raulston Arboretum 4.6 10 47
203 South Durham WRF 13.3 8 46
204 RTP Mountain Bike Trails 7.2 5 46
205 Mitchell Mill Natural Area 23.7 3 46
206 American Tobacco Trail--C.M. Herndon Park 10.4 7 46
207 Orange County Sportsplex Pond 24.9 14 46
208 Carpenter Park 5.1 7 45
209 Capital Hills Drive Wetlands 13.9 2 45
210 Shiloh Greenway 5.1 7 44
211 Bolin Creek--Umstead Park 18.1 7 44
212 Duke Forest--Shepherd Nature Trail 18.7 5 42
213 Jordan Lake--Marthas Chapel Pulloff 12.6 7 42
214 Prairie Ridge Ecostation--Bird Feeders 3.9 7 42
215 Lee Game Land 22.6 2 41
216 Historic Oak View Park 11.8 2 41
217 Strickland Park 8.9 6 41
218 Lick Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 13.2 2 40
219 Salem Pond Park 4.5 4 40
220 Clemmons Educational State Forest 18.0 7 40
221 Duke Park 16.6 3 40
222 Butner Game Land--H Street Fields 23.2 2 40
223 Neuse River Trail--Falls River 15.6 1 40
224 Pullen Park 6.6 7 39
225 Duke Forest--Blackwood Division - Gate 34 21.5 2 39
226 Town Lake Park 23.4 5 39
227 Falls Lake--Will Suitt Mudflats 18.8 1 38
228 Beaver Creek Waterfowl Impoundment 10.6 3 38
229 Neuse River Trail--Trailhead Lane 15.0 2 38
230 Neuse River Trail--Abbington Lane 13.5 1 38
231 Poplar Point Wastewater Ponds (Restricted Access) 13.8 2 37
232 Northgate Park 17.2 6 37
233 Cedar Falls Park 18.2 4 37
234 Valley Springs Park 20.7 2 37
235 North Carolina Museum of Art--Pond 4.7 6 36
236 Walnut Creek Trail--Wetland Center 9.0 3 36
237 Jordan Game Land--Seaforth Road South End 17.3 1 36
238 Laurel Hill Park 5.4 3 35
239 Roland E. Horne Walking Trail 23.4 3 35
240 Duke University--Chapel Woods 17.1 8 34
241 American Tobacco Trail--Wimberly Road Access 8.1 2 34
242 Robeson Creek Greenway 22.9 2 34
243 Erwin Road Swamp 17.7 3 34
244 Cornwallis Road Park 16.1 5 32
245 Eno River--Pleasant Green to Cole Mill 21.2 4 32
246 Chatham Co. Northeast District Park 14.1 5 32
247 Bennett Place State Historic Site 19.7 1 32
248 Eastgate Park 9.5 8 31
249 Raftery Park 7.8 1 31
250 Smith Creek Greenway (Entrance on Creek Moss Avenue) 16.2 1 31
251 Hymettus Woods Park 5.9 1 30
252 Camden Ave Pond 16.3 4 29
253 North Carolina State University Campus 6.2 4 28
254 Walnut Creek Wetland Center 9.0 3 28
255 Duke University--East Campus 16.6 7 28
256 Forest Ridge Park 16.5 4 28
257 Eno River SP--The Quarry 21.2 1 27
258 Jordan Lake SRA--Robeson Creek Boat Ramp 18.9 4 27
259 Neuse River Trail--Old Falls of Neuse 15.1 2 27
260 Biltmore Hills Park (Access from Fitzgerald Dr.) 9.2 2 27
261 Carrboro High School 18.4 5 26
262 Chandler's Swamp 16.9 9 26
263 Eno River SP--Pleasant Green 21.9 5 25
264 Duke University--Anderson Woods 17.0 3 25
265 Falls Lake--Cheek Rd. Causeway (Wake Co.) 17.9 2 25
266 Eno River SP--Cabe Lands Access 20.8 2 24
267 Rock Ridge Park 23.8 2 24
268 Forest Hills Park 15.0 2 24
269 Hoffman Lake 2.4 2 22
270 Little Beaverdam Creek 18.4 3 22
271 American Tobacco Trail--Woodcroft 12.3 1 22
272 American Tobacco Trail--Southpoint Crossing 12.0 3 22
273 Jordan Game Land--(Hortons Pond Rd.) Mill Branch 11.6 3 21
274 Kaplan Drive Park 4.1 2 21
275 Leesville Park 7.5 2 21
276 Sims Branch Greenway 13.1 4 21
277 Crabtree Creek Greenway--Atlantic Ave to Anderson Drive 8.6 1 21
278 Falls Lake--Cheek Road Causeway (Durham Co.) 17.7 4 20
279 Durant Nature Park--Fairy Garden 13.4 3 19
280 Eva Perry Library 4.2 2 19
281 UNC Chapel Hill--Battle Grove 17.1 3 18
282 Falls Lake SRA--Information Center 16.3 2 18
283 Neuse River Trail--Milburnie Park 13.5 2 18
284 Neuse River Trail--Poole Road 14.1 1 18
285 Martin Luther King Jr Park 19.7 2 18
286 Eno River SP--Continental Drive Access 21.6 2 18
287 Jordan Game Land--Lower Little Creek 13.2 1 17
288 Bethesda Park 11.2 2 16
289 Berkshire Downs West Park 14.1 1 16
290 Falls Lake--Upper Beaverdam Reservoir 19.0 1 15
291 Ephesus Park--Chapel Hill 16.3 2 15
292 Duke Forest--Eno Division 22.9 2 15
293 American Tobacco Trail--New Hope Church Rd. Trailhead Park 8.4 2 15
294 Krzyzewskiville 16.8 2 14
295 Action Park 13.9 1 14
296 UNC Chapel Hill--Kenan Woods 17.0 1 13
297 stakeout Long-tailed Duck, Lower Springdale Estates Lake, Raleigh (2019) 8.2 3 13
298 Jack Marley Park 19.7 1 13
299 Raleigh-Durham Airport Observation Deck 6.4 4 12
300 Duke Forest Rd. 20.7 2 12
301 Crabtree Creek Trail--Lindsay Dr. to Bridge by Galax Dr. 5.5 1 11
302 Morrisville Community Park 3.9 2 10
303 Historic Oakwood Cemetery 8.7 1 9
304 Patterson Road Waterfowl Impoundment 14.8 1 6
305 American Tobacco Trail--Elmira Park 13.7 1 6
306 American Tobacco Trail--Massey Chapel Road 12.0 2 5
307 Crabtree Creek Trail--Anderson Drive to Lassiter Mill Road 8.3 1 5
308 American Tobacco Trail--Riddle Road 12.9 1 4
309 Falls Lake--Neuse River RR Grade (Granville Co) 20.0 1 3
310 Falls Lake--Olive Grove Church Rd. Ramp 18.4 1 3
311 Forgotten Pond 19.2 1 3
312 Greenview Ponds 7.6 2 2
313 Jordan Lake--Morgan Creek arm (seasonal mudflats) 12.6 1 2
314 Kildaire Farms Lake 2.3 1 2
315 Falls Lake--Rollingview Marina 15.5 1 1
316 Heritage Lake 19.2 1 1
317 Chimney Swift Roost--Downtown Raleigh 7.9 1 1
318 stakeout Black-chinned Hummingbird, Chapel Hill (2019) 18.4 1 1
319 Cedar Hills Park 9.7 1 1