Bird Watching in Chesapeake

Chesapeake has been a nationally recognized bird watcher’s oasis since the 17th century. Recognized as one of the country’s greatest birding sites, the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail – South Chesapeake Loop has provided sanctuary to over 213 species of birds.

Stops on the trail provide visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of resident species as well as more than 200 different kinds of neo-tropical songbirds during the spring and fall migration season.

The sites in the South Chesapeake Loop offer a sample of habitats at the interface of pinewoods and the swampy bottomlands lining several rivers that drain the southeastern corner of the state. Typically, sites on this loop present a diverse assortment of wildlife that reflects this amalgam of habitats. At a single site, visitors may encounter birds ranging from nuthatches flitting through the pines, to prothonotary warblers nesting in hollow swamp trees, to stealthy great blue herons hunting in the shallows.

Download the Audubon Bird Guide to track your sightings, and be sure to tag #visitchesapeake when sharing your sightings on social media.

So grab your field specs and come catch a bird's eye view of what Chesapeake has to offer.

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