Ranger Bob Sullivan is the park ranger of Love Park. He is an avid bird watcher and always ready to share his knowledge with Love Park visitors.

Northern Parula? Black-and-White Warbler? Common Yellowthroat? But, don’t these birds live way down south in the jungle?

Yes, but they also make stops here in Philadelphia in Love Park during the spring and fall migrations.

In fact, over 25 different species of birds visit Love Park, including the songbirds listed above and raptors such as:

  • Red-tailed hawk.
  • Coopers hawk.
  • Peregrin falcon.

Philadelphia’s parks are excellent spots for birds to “lay over” on their long flights to their breeding grounds. Love park in particular offers an assortment of different foods for the birds to refuel, with many various plant life and insects.

The park also has many areas for birds to hide and feel safe to rest.

Make sure your next visit doesn’t just stop at the Love sculpture. Look for some interesting birds. If you have questions about birds or anything Love Park related, say hi! I’m always around.

Have fun bird watching, and help our birds stay safe by keeping your distance.


Borrow a birding kit from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Birding backpacks with binoculars and field guides are now on loan at the following Philadelphia libraries:

  • Andorra.
  • Cobbs Creek.
  • Cecil B. Moore.
  • Falls of Schuylkill.
  • Frankford.
  • Greater Olney.
  • Logan.
  • Richmond.
  • South Philadelphia.
  • Torresdale.
  • Widener.

Before attending a walk or other event, please check for schedule changes or cancellations.

Check out these 2024 birding events:

Wissahickon Environmental Center Noon Bird Walks 

Every Wednesday until September
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House)—300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118.

Enjoy a guided bird walk in the Andorra Natural Area during lunchtime. The spring is an excellent time for birding. Come search for wood warblers, raptors, songbirds, and water birds. Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

Migration Madness Bird Walks 

May 24 and 31, 2024.
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House)—300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118.

Meets at different locations. Come search for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other birds during the peak of spring migration. See Facebook for more details.

PA Breeding Bird Atlas Training Walk 

May 27, 2024
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House)—300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118.   

This field training teaches attendees how to participate in the PA Breeding Bird Atlas. It will demonstrate how to identify signs of bird breeding and how to code those observations in eBird. Please have an eBird account and download it on your smartphone if you have one. Register for this free event now.