Christmas Bird Count
Dec
19
8:00 AM08:00

Christmas Bird Count

Times are tentative

You are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count.  The event is on Tuesday 19 Dec 2017.  

The Northern Neck Audubon Society is a sponsor of the event for the second year in a row.  This is part of the 118th National Audubon Christmas Bird that has close to 75,000 participants in the United States, Canada and other area of the Western Hemisphere.  2,536 separate Christmas Bird Count “circles”are included in the 117th Christmas Bird Count database. 

At the inaugural Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count in 2016 ninety-one (91) species were recorded by the 37 participants.  

The Christmas Bird Count circle covers most of the eastern portions of the two counties. The “circle” includes ample opportunities to observe shore birds and waterfowl along the Chesapeake Bay and associated wetlands as well as a wide variety of birds found in the forests, farms, vineyards, three Natural Area Preserves, and towns in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties on the Northern Neck of Virginia.  The count circle is divided into 8 to 10 sectors. Sector leaders establish meeting times for their sectors.  A mid-afternoon “reception, take-a-break, and compiling" session is planned.  

Novice Birders are welcomed and will be paired with experienced birders. 

Contact Jeff Wright at pec11908@mac.com for more information.  Please let me know as soon as possible as I am trying to align teams, sectors, sunshine, and even a few birds for the event.

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Bird Walk at Menokin in Richmond County
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Menokin in Richmond County

On Monday, December 11, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Menokin Plantation located on Cat Point Creek and the Rappahannock River about 4 miles from Warsaw.  Menokin, built c. 1769, was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Menokin is now the remains of an historic mansion surrounded by a vast cultural landscape, 325 acres of which are in a conservation easement that is part of the Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge.  The website states “The Menokin project is the most unique, interesting and engaging preservation project in the nation today.”

Among possible sightings are pine and yellow-rumped warblers, brown creepers, Eastern phoebes, catbirds, swamp and white-throated sparrows belted kingfishers, water fowl, and bald eagles.

The address for your GPS is 4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA.  Directions are as follows:  Take Route 360 to Warsaw.  At the stoplight at the intersection of Route 360 and Route 3 (Main Street), go West on Main Street (Route 3). Go two blocks and turn left on Menokin Road (Rt. 690).  Stay on 690 for 4.2 miles.  Turn left at the historical marker at the entrance to Menokin.  Proceed to the Visitor’s Center.

There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. 

Menokin Website

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Dec
9
to Dec 10

NNAS Tablescape Entry at Reedville Festival Halle

At the Festival Halle, 9 local non-profits including Northern Neck Audubon Society will have festively decorated tables, tablescapes, as part of the Reedville Fishersmen's Museum Christmas on Cockrell's Creek event. There will also be free cider and a cookie and a bake sale. Entry to festival hall is free.

Saurday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Info:
Reedville Fishermen's Museum Christmas on Cockrell's Creek

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NNAS Meeting at Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock
Dec
4
3:15 PM15:15

NNAS Meeting at Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock

Our annual Christmas party is coming up on Dec. 4, Monday, 3:15 pm,  Lancaster Library - Upper Meeting Room.  Come with an idea of your spark/spirit bird...the "ONE" that got you started or is the most important to you. You can tell the story to all, or just use it for getting a conversation started. Bring friends, family, someone who may be interested in our group. 

Jeff Wright will  be providing his brand of "quiz", please bring a sampling of your 'experimental' cookies (try them out on us!) if you desire. We'll include a book/magazine swap, and have a raffle, food, music, the whole smash! 

I really hope to see you there!  

Melissa

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Bird Walk at Windmill Point in Lancaster County
Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Windmill Point in Lancaster County

On Saturday, November 25, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Windmill Point led by Jeff Wright.

Windmill Point, the easternmost part of Lancaster County, juts out into the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Rappahannock River.  This is an excellent location for seeing a variety of bird species as It is listed as a birding hotspot on eBird, an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance.   This area of the Northern Neck is a wintering area for migrating waterfowl and possible sightings include tundra swans, buffleheads, mergansers, loons, gulls, and bald eagles.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Windmill Point Beach.  From the stoplight in White Stone, drive east approximately 8 miles to the end of Windmill Point Road (Route 695) where the group will meet.  The group will walk along the shoreline of the beach and in the parking areas of Windmill Point Marina along the water.

 

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Bird Walk at Kendall Farm in Essex County
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Kendall Farm in Essex County

  • 1909 Kendalls Road Champlain, VA 22438 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am at Kendale Farm in Essex County.  The bird walk will be led by Jeff Wright and Hill Wellford.  This beautiful farm, 16 miles South of Port Royal and 16 miles North of Tappahannock, has fields, woods, salt and fresh water marshes with frontage on Occupacia Creek and the Rappahannock River directly opposite Fones Cliffs.

Possible sightings include Canada Geese, Tundra Swan, Mallards, Buffleheads, Mergansers and Black Ducks, Quail, Wild Turkeys, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Juncos, winter songbirds, Saw-whet Owls, and an Eastern Screech owl in a wood duck box.  At Woodpecker Point, there are often sightings of Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers.

The GPS address is 1909 Kendalls Road, Champlain, VA 22438.

Directions are as follows: 

From Tappahannock, go 13.2 miles North on Route 17.  Turn right onto Route 637 (Layton’s Landing Road) and go 1.2 miles.  Turn right onto Route 661 (Kendalls Road).  Go approximately 1.7 miles.  Turn left into the driveway marked by the white Kendale sign. 

From Port Royal, go 13.3 miles South on Route 17.  Turn left onto Route 637 (Layton’s Landing Road) and go 1.2 miles.  Turn right onto Route 661 (Kendalls Road).  Go approximately 1.7 miles.  Turn left into the driveway marked by the white Kendale sign.  

Don’t be confused by the sign on 17 that says CHANCE.  There used to be a post office there, but it now marks the exit for Route 637.  Meet at the house at 9:00 am.

There will be several loaner binoculars available. 

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Nov
6
3:15 PM15:15

Meeting at Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock

Kyle Langford will speak at the Northern Neck Audubon Society regular membership meeting and program at 3:15 PM on Monday, November 6, 2017, at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock. The presentation is a discussion of current birding apps for smart phones/tablets/desktops and the NNAS website, northernneckaudubon.org.

Kyle Langford is a member of the NNAS and serves as a director though 2020. He is also the Web Master/Administrator for the NNAS's website.

After 37 years of working in Information Technology (IT) especially databases at the University of Maryland, Kyle retired/escaped to the nature in the Northern Neck. He still primarily lives in Howard County, Maryland but three years ago Kyle and his wife acquired a get-away house in Heathsville, VA. The house is nestled in the woods on a ridge next to a ravine on Bush Mill Stream diagonally across from Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve. He feels like he lives in a park. You can see his dock from the end of the Deep Landing Trail.  

The thrill of finding and learning about the elusive flora and fauna in our parks, preserves and even our yards is what got him hooked on nature. Though he has retired from IT, He still loves to learn ways to apply old and new IT skills in his life. In this case, how can IT improve conservation, access and understanding of the natural areas of the Northern Neck? He's also an avid photographer, cook, crabber and history buff. 

The library is located at 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, VA.

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Bird Walk at Hughlett Point, Northumberland County
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Hughlett Point, Northumberland County

On Saturday, October 21, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve led by Melissa Gross.
 
This preserve, located in Northumberland County on the Northern Neck, lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and includes coastal forest, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, dunes, shrub, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats. Hughlett Point is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail system. Possible sightings include Bald Eagles, Osprey, Merlins, Northern Harriers, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Royal and Forster Terns, Dunlins, Brown Pelicans, Great Egrets, Spotted and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Brown Creepers, Eastern Phoebes, Catbirds, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows, Belted Kingfishers, Flickers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and early arriving swans, ducks and geese that frequent Hughlett Point in the Fall and Winter.

Over 184 species of birds have been reported at the preserve. Data collected and submitted through the e-Bird system helps VA DGIF, other state agencies, and conservation groups map the distribution and status of Virginia’s bird community in order to better inform our natural resource and conservation decisions.
 
Directions: From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 North.  Go approximately 5 miles and turn right (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606).  At the end of the road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go about a mile and a half and Hughlett Point will be on your left.  From Burgess, take Rt. 200 south.  Go approximately 8 miles and turn left (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606).  At the end of the road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go about a mile and a half and Hughlett Point will be on your left.
 
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available.

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