On Saturday, March 30, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at the Hutchinson Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This 700+ acre tract, fronting on Mount Landing Creek and Route 17, has restored grasslands, tidal marshes, and deep mature hardwood forests.
Possible sightings for this time of year (the beginning of spring migration) include golden-crowned kinglets, Carolina chickadees and wrens, winter wrens, tufted titmice, American goldfinches, house finches, cedar waxwings, large flocks of American robins, common grackles, red-winged blackbirds, Savannah, white-throated and field sparrows, red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, American kestrels, bald eagles and waterfowl.
Families and beginning “birders” are welcome and several pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Participants should meet just inside the entrance to the tract off Route 17 at 9:00 a.m.
Located at 19180 Tidewater Trail, Tappahannock, the Hutchinson tract is located approximately one and a half mile north of Tappahannock on Route 17 on the left hand side. Heading north, you will pass a large brick church on the left. Go to the next cross over and head back south on Route 17. Turn right into the first driveway by the refuge sign. (If you cross Mount Landing Creek going north, you have gone too far.)
For cancellations and information about the Northern Neck Audubon Society, programs and activities, visit www.northernneckaudubon.org.
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