Bird Walk at Hughlett Point

On Saturday, October 21, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) conducted a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve led by Melissa Gross. The habitats seen included coastal forest, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats. The weather was sunny, calm and about 75 F. 

The event lasted about 2 1/2 hours and spanned 1.6 miles. 34 species of birds were seen or heard including Canada Goose, Ruddy Duck, Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Clapper Rail, Semipalmated Plover, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.

The main group only walked to the furthest observation desk and the beach before returning. At the end a small group went south to check out the beach. The inlet that is sometimes troublesome to cross at mid beach was not there.