Birding Tips

Chesapeake Bird Watching Tips

Whether you are a beginner or a novice, below are a few tips for bird watching in Chesapeake:

  • Try to observe and photograph birds without disturbing them.  Hide in the vegetation or stand right next to a tree while observing the birds, they may come closer.
  • Stay on existing roads and trails to avoid trampling fragile habitat.
  • The best time to watch for perching birds is the first two hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset.  Ducks, waders and shorebirds can be observed all day.  On light rainy days birds normally are active most of the day.
  • Wear light clothes of natural colors - preferably khaki, green, etc.  Avoid clothing that may snag easily or will rustle.
  • At all times make as little noise as possible and talk with a low voice or whisper in order not to scare the birds away.
  • Walk slowly and make no speedy movements.  Remember an experienced bird watcher may walk less than a mile an hour.
  • When with a group of bird watchers, always stay together in one flock so that no one walks ahead or falls behind.
  • Do not stay near nests of birds and never take their young or their eggs.
  • Avoid chasing or flushing birds.
  • Visiting hours at various Chesapeake birding locations can vary; always call ahead.

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