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Bird Watching Sites In Singapore

by | Jun 10, 2024 | Lifestyle & Wellness, Lifestyle habits

Ever seen crowds gathering with cameras to observe wild bird sightings? Bird watching has been rising in popularity over the years with more avid fans of this activity finding the best spots to observe native and migratory birds in their natural habitat. Despite Singapore being a city state with towering skyscrapers, there are still approximately 460 bird species in Singapore.

For seniors, bird watching could be both a therapeutic and social activity. It creates an opportunity to spend more time outdoors and partaking in the activity with like minded individuals creates opportunities for social interaction, reducing the likelihood of social isolation. 

Bird watching for seniors also provides cognitive stimulation – through observing small visual details, spotting the birds and their flying patterns would help engage the brain. 

 

Top spots for your next bird watching adventure 
Sungei Buloh Explore the wetlands and mangroves of Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park, which is rich in biodiversity and serves as an important site for migratory birds.

Admire the beauty of resident birds such as bulbuls, herons, egrets, kingfishers and sunbirds all year round.

Furthermore, during the migratory season from August to April, catch sight of flocks of Whimbrels, Common Greenshanks, Common Redshanks, Pacific Golden Plovers and more.

Upper Peirce Reservoir Park Catch the White-bellied Sea Eagle, the largest raptor in Singapore, it is most commonly spotted on warm, early mornings with its wings held in a unique V-shape.
Mount Faber Park One of the oldest parks in Singapore, it has many viewing spots that look out on the southern coastline and Southern Islands.

The dense secondary rain forest in the park is home to various bird species, which are best spotted in early mornings and evenings.

Scan treetops for raptors such as Black Bazas, Oriental Honey Buzzards, Chinese Sparrowhawks, Changeable Hawk-eagle and White-bellied Eagles.

Hampstead Wetlands Park The wetland’s rich ecology is a haven for birds looking for shelter, nesting spots and resting grounds away from human disturbances and predators.

The white-breasted Waterhen is a ‘regular’ at water bodies in this wetland. 

Kranji Marshes One of Singapore’s largest freshwater marshes, it is located on the northwestern shore of Kranji Reservoir and is home to an array of plants and animals.

Look out for various hideout shelters and blinds situated along the trails where you can quietly observe the wildlife, especially birds.

Spot elusive marsh birds such as the Common Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, kingfishers, herons and bitterns at the Marsh Station.

Coney Island Park More than 80 species of resident and migratory birds have been spotted at this park, from the Baya Weaver to the Oriental Magpie-robin.
Choa Chu Kang Park The park’s fruit trees and forested areas are great spots for birdwatchers, who can look out for different species of pigeons, woodpeckers, eagles and more.

 

Equipments for your bird watching experience 
  1. Get a pair of binoculars 
  2. A camera if you want to capture some shots 
  3. A field guide – on what birds to look out for and what species they are 
  4. Water, especially if you’ll be outdoors for an extended period of time 

 

Conclusion 

A note of caution for seniors – before heading to these popular bird watching sites, always check on the accessibility of the area before heading down. Some areas might not be wheelchair friendly or may have steeper terrains which not everyone would be able to access safely. When in doubt – you can always check on the National Parks website on area accessibility before heading down or head there with someone who would be able to assist. 

Bird watching is not only a safe, fun but also social activity that seniors can easily partake in with like minded individuals or even caregivers. Grab a pair of binoculars and camera today to start your bird watching journey!

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