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Local Birding Sites


The Hampton Roads area has many excellent parks and areas to find a variety of birds.

Newport News Park

This magnificant 8,000-acre park is home to a variety of native wildlife, including deer, foxes and otters, in addition to numerous species of birds. Walking trails through varied habitats provided excellent views of resident and migrating birds. Join us on the first and third Sundays at 7:00 AM for the Club's regularly scheduled walks. See Field Trips for details.

Mariner's Museum and Noland Trail

The Mariners' Museum Park is 550 acres of privately maintained, naturally wooded property. Within the Park is 167-acre Lake Maury and the five-mile Noland Trail. The trail has 14 bridges and several benches, providing great spots for seeing birds. And the Lion's Bridge provides an excellent view of the James River, with ducks in large numbers during winter months.

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

Located in Hampton and the site of our monthly meetings, this 456-acre park was born from borrow pits and garbage dumps. Its numerous trails criss-cross varied habitats and provide chances to see passerines, shorebirds and ducks.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Located on 142acres in Portsmouth, Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve offers both land birds and waterfowl. In fact, more than 200 species have been recorded since the preserve first opened. Get directions and details at their website.

Colonial Parkway

Between Yorktown and Jamestown you'll find many pull-offs to stop and check out birds, with numerous opportunities to look for birds on both the York and James Rivers.

Jamestown Island

A 3-mile and 5-mile, one-way loop road through viney woods and marshes, with parking pull-offs. Excellent for woodland species and waterfowl.

Hog Island

A wildlife management area on the shore of the James River, just south of Williamsburg, in Surry County. Has observation platforms and walking trails; great for shorebirds and waterfowl.

York River State Park

This park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.