Bird Walk at Windmill Point

On Saturday, November 25, the Northern Neck Audubon Society conducted a bird walk at Windmill Point led by Jeff Wright. Windmill Point is in the easternmost part of Lancaster County and juts out into the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. The weather was sunny, 44- 54 degrees F with a gentle moderate wind and good visibility. The walk began at 9 a.m. on Windmill Point Beach.  The group of 17 walked 1.2 miles along the shoreline of the beach, down Windmill Point Road to the bridge and along the water at Windmill Point Marina.

.   The following birds were seen on the walk and reported by Jeff on eBird: American Crow, Brown Pelican, Bufflehead, Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, gull sp., Hermit Thrush, Herring Gull, Hooded Merganser, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, Ring-billed Gull, tern sp., Turkey Vulture, and White-throated Sparrow.


Bird Walk at Kendale farm

There was a Northern Neck Audubon bird walk on Monday, November 13, between 9:00 am and 1 pm at Kendale Farm in Essex County.  It was led by Jeff Wright and the Wellfords.  This is a beautiful farm with meadows, fields, woods, salt and fresh water marshes with frontage on Occupacia Creek and the Rappahannock River directly opposite Fones Cliffs.

There were a total of 14 people who traveled the farm by car and foot over 4.5 miles in 4 hours. Sightings include American Black Duck,  American Crow,  American Robin,  Bald Eagle,  Belted Kingfisher,  Blue Jay,  Brown Thrasher, Canada Goose,  Carolina Chickadee,  Carolina Wren,  Dark-eyed Junco,  Eastern Bluebird,  Eastern Towhee,  hawk sp., Horned Grebe,  Killdeer,  Mallard,  Mourning Dove,  Northern Cardinal,  Northern Flicker,  Pileated Woodpecker,  Red-bellied Woodpecker,  Red-tailed Hawk,  Ring-necked Duck,  Ruddy Duck,  Song Sparrow,  Tufted Titmouse,  Tundra Swan, Turkey Vulture,  White-throated Sparrow,  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,  and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Native Phragmites with Fones Cliffs

Native Phragmites with Fones Cliffs

Bird Walk at Hughlett Point

On Saturday, October 21, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) conducted a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve led by Melissa Gross. The habitats seen included coastal forest, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats. The weather was sunny, calm and about 75 F. 

The event lasted about 2 1/2 hours and spanned 1.6 miles. 34 species of birds were seen or heard including Canada Goose, Ruddy Duck, Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Clapper Rail, Semipalmated Plover, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.

The main group only walked to the furthest observation desk and the beach before returning. At the end a small group went south to check out the beach. The inlet that is sometimes troublesome to cross at mid beach was not there.