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Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Birdwalk at George Washington Birth Place in Westmoreland

On Monday December 10 at 9:00 am, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at George Washington Birthplace National Monument Park on Pope’s Creek between Montross and Oak Grove in Westmoreland County.

This is a fascinating time of year to bird watch as the migrating waterfowl are arriving, sometimes in great numbers.  The National Park Service allows visitors to view wildlife at the birthplace of our first president.  In addition to wildlife, the park offers stunning vistas of the Potomac River from beautiful bluffs.  There are woods, ponds, Popes Creek, open fields and beaches.  Possible sightings include:  bald eagles, Canada geese (in great numbers), white fronted geese, great blue herons, terns, gulls, loons, wild turkeys, tundra swans, buffleheads and hooded mergansers.

The GPS address is 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.  Those driving directly should meet at 9:00 am at the visitor center parking lot.   

Directions from Kilmarnock and Warsaw: 

Take Route 3 west through Montross.  About ¼ mile past Potomac Mills, turn right on Pope’s Creek Road (Route 204).  Proceed to the park.

Warm clothing is recommended.  There will be loaner binoculars available. For cancellations additional information about the NNAS and activities, check the website at www.northernneckaudubon.org.

 



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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Birdwalk at Kendale Farm in Essex County

BIRD WALK MON, NOVEMBER 12, AT KENDALE FARM ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK

The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Monday, November 12, at 9:00 am at Kendale Farm in Essex County. 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, wild turkeys, Northern harriers, bald eagles, juncos, winter songbirds, saw-whet owls, an Eastern screech owl in a wood duck box, and quail. On the walk last fall, the group was fortunate enough to see a covey of common bobwhites being flushed and exploding into flight! 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 whiteKendale 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. Visit www.northernneckaudubon.org for information and events.


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Birdwalk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Sep
20
7:00 AM07:00

Birdwalk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, witness hundreds of hawks migrating daily through Virginia.  We will be car pooling from the Kilmarnock Library at 7am and/or the Tappahanock Lowes at 8am.  If you would like to go, meet at either location.  We will figure out the best transportation options from each. You may want to pack a lunch, or we can eat in town which is maybe 10 minutes away.

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Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Westmoreland Berry Farm/Voorhees Preserve in Westmoreland County

On Saturday, June 23, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on the Voorhees Nature Preserve / Westmoreland Berry Farm which will include segments of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Westmoreland Berry Farm store at 1235 Berry Farm Lane, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.   

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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Reedville in Northumberland County

On Monday, June 11, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk through Reedville in Northumberland County.  Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisherman’s Museum parking lot at 504 Main Street.  Reedville is a historic fishing village founded in the 1860s by Elijah Reed from Maine.  From the 1890s through the early 1900s, Reedville was the wealthiest town per capita in the United States due to its thriving commercial menhaden fishing industry.  Main Street, lined with Victorian mansions, was called Millionaire’s or Captain’s row.The walk will begin at the museum’s native plant garden and will meander down Main Street to the harbor and loop around to the “Stack” park.  This route is a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.   Possible sightings include red-breasted mergansers, common loons, horned grebes, brown pelicans, northern gannets, osprey, Forster’s and royal terns, great black-backed and Bonaparte’s gulls, northern flickers, fist crows, eastern blue birds and boat-tailed grackles.

There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available.  For cancellations and information about the Northern Neck Audubon Society and events, check this website.

 

 

 

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Bird Walk at Kendale Farm in Essex County
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Kendale Farm in Essex County

The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Saturday, April 28, at 9:00 am at Kendale Farm in Essex County.  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. 

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Bird Walk at Dameron Marsh NAP in Northumberland County
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Bird Walk at Dameron Marsh NAP in Northumberland County

On Monday April 9 at 1:00 pm the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve in Northumberland County. This 316 acre preserve lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay. Dameron Marsh contains one of the most significant wetlands on the Chesapeake Bay for marsh-bird communities, and its pristine beach habitat is highly important for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis). Dameron Marsh supports impressive salt marsh communities, sand beach, and upland forest habitats.

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Bird Walk at George Washington's Birth Place NM in Westmoreland County
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at George Washington's Birth Place NM in Westmoreland County

  • George Washington's Birth Place (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m., the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at George Washington Birthplace National Monument Park on Pope’s Creek between Montross and Oak Grove in Westmoreland County.

The National Park Service allows visitors to view wildlife at the birthplace of our first president.  In addition to wildlife, the park offers stunning vistas of the Potomac River from beautiful bluffs.  There are woods, ponds, Pope’s Creek, open fields and beaches.  Possible sightings include:  bald eagles, Canada geese (in great numbers), white fronted geese, great blue herons, terns, gulls, loons, wild turkeys, tundra swans, buffleheads and hooded mergansers.

GPS address is 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443.

From Kilmarnock and Warsaw, take Route 3 west through Montross.  About ¼ mile past Potomac Mills, turn right on Pope’s Creek Road (Route 204).  Proceed approximately 2 miles to the park entrance.  Meet in the visitors parking lot at 9:00.

Warm clothing is recommended.  There will be loaner binoculars available. For cancelations notices  check this website.

 

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Stratford Hall Geo Series: Are Birds Dinosaurs?
Feb
10
9:30 AM09:30

Stratford Hall Geo Series: Are Birds Dinosaurs?

Stratford Hall will be presenting a lecture and field walk about the newest evidence linking/unlinking the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. The event will include refreshments, lecture and field walk. More information can be found at https://www.stratfordhall.org/events/geo-series-are-birds-dinosaurs/

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Bird Walk at Hughlett Point NAP in Lancaster County
Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Hughlett Point NAP in Lancaster County

On Saturday, January 27, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve at 9 a.m.  This preserve lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and offers a wonderful opportunity for viewing birds and wildlife as it includes coastal forest, shrub, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats.  The viewing platform offers spectacular views of the salt marsh and sandy beach along the Bay.  

Possible sightings include Bald Eagles, Scaups, Long-tailed Ducks, Canvasbacks, Loons, Grebes, Goldeneyes, Surf Scoters, Gannets, Wigeons, Tundra Swans, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, Mergansers and Terns.

GPS address is 5411 Balls Neck Road, Kilmarnock, VA.


Driving directions are as follows:  From Burgess, take Rt. 200 south.  Go approx 8 miles and turn left (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606). At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go approximately 1.5 miles.  The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left. From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 north.  Go approximately 5 miles and turn right (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606).  At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go approximately 1.5 miles.  The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left.  

There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. 

 

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Bird Walk at Belle Isle SP in Lancaster County
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Belle Isle SP in Lancaster County

On Monday, January 15, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Belle Isle State Park.  There will be several loaner binoculars available.  Meet at the horse parking lot at 9:00am.

Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County features seven miles of Rappahannock riverfront as well as diverse tidal and non-tidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forests.  Among possible sightings are diving ducks (buffleheads, hooded, red-breasted and common mergansers), loons, geese, Tundra Swans, double crested cormorants, bald eagles, great blue herons, belted king fishers, Eastern blue birds, and gulls.

GPS address is 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503.

From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 3 west to Lively and turn left on Rt. 201 (White Chapel Road).  Go to the end of 201 and turn right onto Rt. 354 (River Road).  Go 3.1 miles and turn left on Rt. 683 (Belle Isle Road). After the park entrance, continue through the four-way intersection.  The horse parking lot will be on your right.

From Warsaw, take Rt. 3 east and travel approximately 14.5 miles.  Turn right on Rt. 354 (River Road).  Go about 3 miles and turn right on Rt. 683 (Belle Isle Road).   After the park entrance, continue through the four-way intersection.  The horse parking lot will be on your right.

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Christmas Bird Count
Dec
19
7:22 AM07:22

Christmas Bird Count

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 9 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. 

The Official Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count Page

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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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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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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