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.