Sherwood Island State Park is a renowned birdwatching destination. It is the #1 eBird Hotspot in Connecticut with over 300 species observed and over 6,000 completed user checklists. No matter what time of day or year, you will routinely see birders around the park with binoculars, scopes, and some very large cameras.
The park is a vital and thriving habitat for migratory and resident species in part because it is the largest undeveloped piece of coastal land between New York City and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT – a span of almost 100 miles. Sherwood Island State Park also offers a variety of habitats including dunes, forests, meadows, and saltmarsh. A thriving colony for Purple Martins is maintained beside the Nature Center.