It’s a long way from the crowded Beltway around Washington DC to the Appalachian Mountains near Cumberland Gap. It’s even farther if you make a detour to the coastal marshes of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Birding in Virginia includes all this: urban preserves, refuges along the Atlantic shore, and peaks topping a mile in elevation. Among the highlights are the windswept beach and marshes of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located on a barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean, which boasts a bird list of more than 300 species.
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