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Beverly Shores

Beverly Shores, IN

Spotting Scope Recommended

When to Visit:
JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly - Less ProductiveAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

Beverly Shores is a well-known area to observe large numbers of passerines during spring and fall migration.

Specialty Species:

Warblers:  While slowly driving down Beverly Drive, look and listen for many warbler species.  At the peak of spring migration, you may get 30 or more species in just one morning of birding.

Vireos:  Look and listen for six of the seven regularly occurring Indiana vireo species while driving slowly down Beverly Drive.

Thrushes:  Look for all five thrush species during spring migration.

King Rail:  Listen for King Rail in the marsh at the corner of Beverly Drive and East State Park Road.

Common Redpoll:  During the winter, check the feeder in the area for Common Redpolls.  If you are really lucky, you just might find a Hoary Redpoll mixed in.

Waders:  Check the marshes along Beverly Drive and Broadway Street to find Great Blue and Green Herons and Great Egrets.

Red-throated Loon:  From the Beverly Shores Overlook, scan the lake during the fall for a chance to see Red-throated Loons.

Scoters:  At the Beverly Shores Overlook, in late fall and winter, scan Lake Michigan for all three scoter species.

Mergansers:  Scan Lake Michigan from the Beverly Shores Overlook during the late fall and winter for both Red-breasted and Common Mergansers.

Where to Bird:

This area is somewhat difficult to bird.  The Beverly Shores police department does not allow parking along Beverly Drive, and they will ask you to move if they see you stopped.  Please be aware of your surroundings while birding this site and obey all posted traffic regulations.

Beverly Drive:  Drive slowly down Beverly Drive with your windows open, listening for migrant passerines.  When you hear something of interest, turn onto the next side street and park to the side of the road and walk back to the area where you heard activity.

Beverly Shores Overlook:  Take East State Park Road north until it dead ends into West Lake Front Drive.  Park in the small parking lot on the left side of the road.  Scan the lake from the elevated overlook for loons, mergansers, and scoters.

Broadway Street:  Bird this road the same way as Beverly Drive.

East State Park Boundary Road:  Bird this road the same way as Beverly Drive and Broadway Street.

Kemil Road:  Drive slowly down this road looking and listening for migrant passerines.  If there is a lot of activity, park in the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center parking lot and walk along the road.  Hooded Warblers nest in this area.

Furnessville Road:  Slowly drive down this road looking and listening for migrant passerines.  Hooded Warblers are known to nest in this area as well.






Most birding is done from your vehicle.


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From the West:  From the intersection of I-65 and I-80/94, take I-80/94 east toward Michigan City.  Take Exit 26B for North SR-49.  After 1.65 miles, turn left (west) onto the exit for Michigan City and then stay to the right.  Turn right (east) onto US-12.  After 8.3 miles, turn left (north) onto Beverly Drive.

From the East:  From the intersection of US-35 and US-12 in Michigan City, take US-12 west.  After 2 miles, continue straight onto Beverly Drive.


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Nearby Birding:

Michigan City Harbor
Indiana Dunes State Park
Port of Indiana