The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge holds its annual Birding Festival during the height of the spring Neotropical songbird migration, when the greatest diversity of species are on the fly. Bird lovers delighted in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's Warbler and the Wayne's Warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green Warbler), two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds. Lucky visitors most likely caught a "peep" of the White-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle. Other birds of interest in the area include the Wood Duck, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Prothonotary Warbler.
The festival is part of International Migratory Bird Day. International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America.
The FREE annual Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is open to the public and offers family-fun activities, such as guided bird walks, owl prowls, bus tours and photography workshops. Bird walks and bus tours require reservations.