Chesapeake is home to unspoiled nature and 22-miles of waterways that provide a sanctuary for migratory birds. The heart of Coastal Virginia boasts an array of birding and wildlife options that are part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail South Chesapeake Loop.
Since the 17th century, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge has provided sanctuary to birds and bird watchers alike. The refuge's wooded swamplands are home to 213 species of birds.
During the spring Neotropical songbird migration, birdwatchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's warbler and the Wayne's warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds.
Visitors may catch a glimpse of the elegant white ibis, the graceful great egret, and even the regal bald eagle. Other birds of interest include the wood duck, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, and prothonotary warbler.
Observe a kaleidoscope of butterflies that call the refuge home each Summer. White-tail deer, black bears, bobcats, and river otters can also be seen. Winter brings a gaggle of snow geese and tundra swan to energize the stillness of Lake Drummond.
After a full day, head over to Black Pelican Seafood Company. Savor Mid-Atlantic Coastal Cuisine in a casual atmosphere at this local’s favorite restaurant.
Swoop by Duck Donuts for breakfast and grab coffee and made-to-order treats before hitting the trails. Head out to experience the beauty of Northwest River Park. Take a self-guided bird tour or wildflower hike and see local flora and fauna.
At Bells Mill Park you’ll wander through acres of tidal marsh – a unique ecosystem that attracts migratory and native bird species. Observe the Great Blue Heron as it hunts in the shallows alongside numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and fish.
Bring song and color to your home at Wild Birds Unlimited. Certified Bird-feeding Specialists will show you how to turn your yard into a bird-feeding habitat. Pick up birdfeeders and birdseed, as well as insider knowledge about local birds.
Adjoining the single largest tract of land in Coastal Virginia, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail showcases a variety of birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, providing a resting spot for thousands of migratory birds in the fall and spring. Observe over 200 species of birds, 65 varieties of butterflies, and native dragonflies flitting along the canal. Resident black bears, bobcats, and otters are frequently spotted during hikes.
Last Updated: 09/30/2020
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