Consult BirdingEasternShore.org for current, accurate information about some of the Shore’s most interesting and bountiful birding sites and trails, so that visitors can come prepared to go birding “like a local” and get the most out of their stays in this beautiful part of the world.
Many birders make pilgrimages to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to enjoy the unpredictable migration seasons, when just about any of the 439 species recorded here might show up. Avian diversity is highest in the autumn. Some birders choose to spend a weekend or a week, waiting for optimal weather for a “flight” of warblers, raptors, waterbirds or all of the above.
Birds find the relative lack of development on the Shore enticing. The geography of the peninsula also ensures a higher density of birds as they get funneled to the tip (heading south) before crossing the Chesapeake.
Access to some good birding locations is tricky. This website will give you the inside scoop on how to get there—safely and legally, as well as candid information on what insects you might encounter and how to minimize their dining opportunities.