Local birdwatchers recommend the Mianus River Gorge (234-3455) in Bedford and the adjacent Halle Preserve. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (763-3993) has many good spots, as does Onatru Farm in South Salem. Mildred D. Lasdon Bird and Nature Sanctuary (232-3141) is at Lasdon Park, Route 35, Somers.

The Bedford Audubon Society owns and manages 558 acres at three sanctuaries that are open from dawn to dusk: Palmer H. Lewis Memorial Sanctuary in Bedford; Ruth Walgreen Franklin and Winifred Fels Memorial Sanctuary in North Salem; and James Ramsay Hunt and Mary Welsh Parker Memorial Sanctuary in Bedford and Lewisboro. Admission is free and information is at bedfordaudubon.org.

In Connecticut, try the Woodcock Nature Center (203-762-7280) on Deer Run Road in Wilton.