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Bird Watching Campsites Suffolk VA

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen. Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities.

Davis Lakes & Campgrounds
(757) 539-1191
200 Byrd St
Suffolk, VA
 
Fam Camp
(757) 766-7627
123 Saunders Rd
Hampton, VA
 
Gordon's Trailer Court
(757) 851-9205
321 S 1st St
Hampton, VA
 
Davis Lakes Campground
(800) 421-7116
200 Byrd Street
Suffolk, VA
Campground Availability
139 Total Camp/RV Sites, 139 Electric and Water,

Callebs Co Campground
(276) 475-5222
25136 Whitaker Hollow Rd
Abingdon, VA
 
White Tail Resort
(800) 421-7116, (757) 859-6123
39033 White Tail Drive
Ivor, VA
Number of Sites
170 Total Camp/RV Sites,124 30 Amp Service,40 50 Amp Service,170 Electric and Water,150 Electric Only,40 Max RV Length,164 Sideouts,20 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Water activities,

Smitty's Mobile Home Park
(757) 461-4407
6659 E Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA
 
Chesapeake Campground*
(757) 485-0149
693 S. George Washington Hwy
Chesapeake, VA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Fiel

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White Tail Resort
(800) 421-7116, (757) 859-6123
39033 White Tail Drive
Ivor, VA
Campground Availability
170 Total Camp/RV Sites, 124 30 Amp Service, 40 50 Amp Service, 170 Electric and Water, 150 Electric Only, 40 Max RV Length, 164 Sideouts, 20 Tent Sites,
Services
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Buckhorne Country
(540) 862-4502
3508 Douthat Rd
Clifton Forge, VA
 
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Learn the Basics to Bird Identification

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Bird Watching 101


By Maxye and Lou Henry

Have you always wondered how experienced birders can confidently identify birds with just a glimpse? This information from the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology will help you learn the identification skills you need by describing the characteristics birders pay particular attention to in the field.

You can recognize many birds simply by noting their shapes, even if seen only in silhouette. Other useful characteristics are a bird's posture, size (easiest to judge if you use familiar birds as a size reference), flight pattern and/or head-on flight profile, and the kind of habitat in which the bird was seen.

Start by learning to identify general groups of birds — warblers, flycatchers, hawks, owls, wrens — whose members all share certain similarities. As your observation skills improve, familiarize yourself with the field marks — colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings — that help distinguish species.

Birds in the same general group often have the same body shape and proportions, although they may vary in size. Silhouette alone gives many clues to a bird's identity, allowing birders to assign a bird to the correct group or even the exact species.

Posture clues can help place a bird in its correct group. Watch an American robin, a common member of the thrush family, strut across a yard. Notice how it takes several steps, then adopts an alert, upright stance with its breast held forward. Other thrushes have similar postures, as do larks and shorebirds.

Once you have assigned a bird to its correct group, size can be a clue to its actual species. Be aware, though, that size can be difficult to determine in the field, especially under poor lighting conditions or at a distance. Size comparisons are most useful when the unknown bird is seen side-by-side with a familiar species. In the absence of that, you can use the sizes of well-known birds, such as the house sparrow, American robin and American crow, as references when trying to identify an unfamiliar bird.

Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but certain bird groups have characteristic flight patterns that can help identify them. Birds of prey may be identified by the characteristic way they hold their wings when viewed flying toward you.

In general, each species of bird occurs only within certain types of habitat. And each plant community — whether abandoned field, mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, desert or freshwater marsh, for instance — contains its own predictable assortment of birds. Learn which birds to expect in each habitat. You may be able to identify an unfamiliar bird by eliminating from consideration species that usually live in other habitats. (Be aware, though, that during spring and fall migration birds often settle down when they get tired and hungry, regardless of habitat.)

Here are some birding hotspots and the species most likely to be seen ...

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