Conowingo Dam
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Birding at the Conowingo Dam
The Conowingo Dam is a hidden birding hotspot on the Susquehanna river at the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland. While not many know of this location, it is hailed as the best spot on the east coast to photograph bald eagles. The hydroelectric dam at Conowingo is massive and when it is generating it sucks riverwater and fish through the structure creating beautiful cascading waterfalls. The unfortunate fish are easy pickings for the large numbers of eagles, herons, osprey, cormorants, terns, gulls, ducks and other birds that gather there for the feast. A viewing platform for bird watchers runs along the river by the dam, perfect for photographing this amazing spectacle. While there are birds year round at Conowingo, the best time of year to view the carnivores is during the winter when they gather to feast. The variety and sheer numbers of birds is amazing!
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