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Birding in Virginia

United States of America -- Virginia
Discover the top birding locations in Virginia. Find out more about Virginia Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Virginia. Print out a checklist of Virginia birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Virginia. Order books to help you become a better birder in Virginia. Discover links to Virginia Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Virginia before you begin your trip.  


Thayer's Birds of
North America version 7

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State Bird: Northern Cardinal

State Checklists:
Virginia Avian Records Committee
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Virginia

Species Seen in Virginia: 470

State Ornithological Society:
Virginia Society of Ornithology

Rare Bird Alerts:
(301) 652-1088   Statewide

Electronic Mailing Lists:
Virginia – RAS
Richmond Audubon Society runs an unmonitored list to discuss bird sightings, bird trips, and environmental issues, of general interest in central Virginia. To subscribe, email with subscribe va-richmond-general in the body of your message or go to website Members post to the list by sending email to Contact list owner Robyn Puffenbarger with any problems.

Map of Important VA Bird Areas
Virginia Maps



Birding Links for Virginia:
Virginia Pelagic Trips
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
Birds on Assateague 
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Huntley Meadows Park
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Virginia Hot Spots
Back Bay NWR
Eastern Shore
US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges

Virginia Organizations:
Audubon Chapters in Virginia
Audubon Naturalists Society
Monticello Bird Club
Northern Virginia Bird Club
Roanoke Valley Bird Club
Virginia Bluebird Society
The Nature Conservancy - Virginia
DelMarVa Ornithological Society

Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve

37.59 N   75.17 W
More famous for its ponies than its birds -- but that may soon change! This barrier island is a last staging area each fall for Shorebirds on their way to South America. Thousands of waterfowl spend the winter here.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel
37.00 N   76.02 W
Write or call for a letter that will permit you to stop on island 2,3 and 4 as you cross the bridge/tunnel. Purple Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Long-tailed Duck and all three Scoters may fly by.

Great Falls Park
39.00 N   77.26 W
Just north of Washington, D.C., this park is in the Potomac River floodplain. Swamps and deciduous forests are the primary habitat.  Lots of warblers are the main attraction for birders. Non-birders come to see the rocks and waterfalls

Kiptopeke State Park
37.15 N   75.98 W
Located at the tip of Cape Charles, this is the place to be in the fall. About 70,000 raptors fly overhead between September and November. The park is also great for fall songbirds.

Shenandoah National Park

38.25 N   78.70 W
Skyline Drive is a beautiful experience. Birders like to explore the South River Falls Trail around mile 63. Spring and summer are the best times to visit.



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