Queen Anne’s County

Queen Anne’s County is one of the eight counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and is located in the upper portion of this region. Kent Island, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, is part of Queen Anne’s County, but the larger portion of the county is on the mainland. The county seat is Centreville, located in the southern part of the mainland portion of the county.

Queen Anne’s County has 333+ species reported on eBird. For the county eBird checklist, eBird hotspots, and more, click here.

View a comparison of Maryland counties based on total number of species reported on eBird.

Queen Anne’s County is mostly rural and mostly flat, being on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Wetlands, both tidal and non-tidal, are found throughout the county. Lands that are not actively farmed are mostly forested. The Chester River forms the northwest border of the county, and most of the eastern border lies along the Tuckahoe Creek. Other major waterways include the Wye and Corsica RIvers and Southeast Creek. Kent Island is mostly surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and the waterway that separates the island from the rest of Queen Anne’s County is known as Kent Narrows.

Adjacent counties are Kent County to the northwest; Talbot County to the south; Caroline County to the southeast; the state of Delaware to the east; and Anne Arundel County, across the Chesapeake Bay on the Western Shore. The border of Queen Anne’s County with Anne Arundel County is in the middle of the Bay.

The main corridors through Queen Anne’s County is US Route 301, which slices diagonally from northeast to southwest; and US Route 50, which runs mostly east-west. US Route 50 and US Route 301 join together to cross Kent Island and then go over the Bay on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A major north-south corridor is MD Route 213.

To view the State Highway Administration’s printable road map of Queen Anne’s County (PDF format), please click here.

There is no local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society centered in Queen Anne’s County, so local birders may be members of chapters in adjoining counties: the Kent County Bird Club, the Caroline County Bird Club, or the Talbot Bird Club.

Explore birding sites in Queen Anne’s County by choosing from the list below.