Carolina Wren by Joe Cooney
On Monday, April 8, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk of Mosquito Point, White Stone, VA. The Point is situated between the Rappahannock River and Mosquito Creek. Mosquito Point is a varied habitat including marshes, mixed forests and river beach and a few small islands on Mosquito Creek.
Possible sightings for this time of year (the beginning of the spring migration) include ruby-crowned kinglets, Carolina chickadees and wrens, tufted titmice, American goldfinches, house finches, common grackles, red-winged blackbirds, brown thrasher, white-throated and song sparrows, pine and yellow-rumped warblers, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, ospreys, bald eagles and waterfowl to include surf scoters, lesser scaup, horned grebe, mute swans and possibly long tailed ducks.
Families and beginning “birders” are welcome and several pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Participants should meet at 655 Mosquito Beach Lane at 9:00 am. Parking will across the street at the neighbor’s house and do to the narrowness of the road, please do not park along Mosquito Beach Lane.
Located on Mosquito Point, 655 Mosquito Beach Lane is located just south of White Stone, Virginia. From Kilmarnock, heading South on Route 3, you will make a left turn at the light on Chesapeake Drive, turn right on to Mosquito Point Rd (State road 641) and follow that for almost 2 miles, turn right on Mosquito Beach Lane (State Road 700) and take to the end. Look for the sign for parking.
For cancellations and information about the Northern Neck Audubon Society, programs and activities, visit www.northernneckaudubon.org.