Visit the Aviary at Deep Creek Lake State Park It is not every day you get the opportunity to get an up close view of a hawk, screech owl or peregrine falcon. The Aviary at Deep Creek State Park includes more than a half dozen rescued birds of prey that are cared for by park staff and park volunteers. The photo above was taken during the 2016 Garrett Birdfest event held at the aviary during which staff displayed several of the aviary’s birds in the park for photographers. Please see second photo below.
A screech owl who is among the residents at the aviary is shown during BirdFest 16.
Other notable destinations for birders in the area
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh, America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The aviary features birds from around the world. The National Aviary is about a two hour drive from Deep Creek Lake.
Canaan Valley Birding Festival in West Virginia. Held each June in nearby Canaan Valley State Park which is a very scenic 45 mile, 1 hour and 10 minute drive from Laurel Brook. According to the park’s website, Canaan Valley, because of its diverse high elevation boreal habitat, is fortunate to be the breeding ground for many Neotropical birds. Hardwood and Spruce forests, grasslands and wetlands welcome a wide variety of species; last year 125 species/forms were found.”