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Summer Birdwatching in Hampton Roads Va

Published: June 13, 2010 | Updated: June 13, 2010
Summer birdwatching can be particularly satisfying as the variety of species that visit the Tidewater area is astounding.

Marshes, creeks and lagoons are excellent places to explore in summer. These estuaries are frequented in summer for several species of ducks, geese, herons, egrets, kingfishers and birds of prey. National, state and local parks often provide access to these environments. Other options for exploring the waterways of Hampton Roads includes boat tours, kayaking trips and nature walks.

Virginia's beaches and shorelines hold a variety of birds in summer. Bird in these areas include many species of gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, sanderlings and other shorebirds.

Woodlands and forests are excellent destinations for summertime birdwatching in Hampton Roads. Several parks have woodland trails where visitors can see many of Virginia's most beautiful songbirds, woodpeckers and other forest dwellers.

Freshwater lakes are occupied by many species of birds in summer. These include some of the nation's most unusual and odd looking birds, such as grebes, coots and cormorants. Ospreys and other birds of prey often nest around lakes and reservoirs. Many of these impoundments are brooding areas for waterfowl and shorebirds, offering birdwatchers and photographers a chance to see birds raise their young.

Summer bird feeding stations in Hampton Roads receive a variety of visitors. Although wild food is plentiful, birds still visit bird feeders during the summer season. Feeders that offer specialized foods such as nectar for hummingbirds and thistle seeds for finches often receive significant visits. Bird baths, fountains and watering stations are also important and as water becomes scarce, local birds visit to drink more frequently.

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