CBBT Boat Trip, Rescheduled for February 3, 2019

The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a boat trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel islands Sunday, January 20, February 3, 2019. Geoff Giles has chartered a large, comfortable boat for this eye-level look at bay ducks, sea ducks, shorebirds, raptors, and more! The last few years, this trip has given the group some views of and photo ops of Humpbacked Whales and Harbor Seals.

Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. The boat will likely go as far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore, and then out to the capes near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay if the birds are there. The CBBT area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds. It will be possible to do some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photo opportunities will be from outside on deck. Clothing that protects against wind and dampness is highly recommended.

The boat has ample heated cabin space with seating and tables. It’s equipped with rest rooms. The group should be at the boat, the Bay Princess, by 8:30 AM for a 9 AM sailing. Those who wish to carpool should gather at the Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road, and leave from there no later than 7:30 AM. The dock at Lynnhaven Inlet is at 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. The captain plans to return the boat to the dock at 1 PM. Geoff recommends the seafood restaurant at the dock, for those who would like to have lunch after the trip.

The cost for the trip is $30 per person. Please send your check, payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club”, to:
Club Treasurer
Attention: Ann Carpenter
PO Box 764
Lightfoot, VA 23090

Please include your email address and phone number!

Also, please note that WBC members will be given preference until January 5, 2019. AFTER JANUARY 5, WBC WILL OPEN THE TRIP TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS.

For additional information, please contact George Martin at grm0803@gmail.com, or by phone at 757-

New Year’s Day Boardwalk Bird Show

Join Shirley Devan New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – at the Greensprings Trail Boardwalk for the 14th Annual “New Year’s Day Boardwalk Bird Show.” 

We’ll meet on the boardwalk on the “Main Loop” over the “Beaver Pond and Wetlands” from 1–3 pm (not the Virginia Capitol Trail boardwalk.)

Park in the lot at the end of Eagle Way, beyond Jamestown High School on John Tyler Highway. Come as you are; bring visiting family, friends and children; come early, stay late or just drop by. Celebrate the New Year with a birding adventure close to home with birding friends. Remember, every bird is a year bird on New Year’s Day! Hope to see you there.

Check out this link if you want to know more about the Greensprings Interpretive Trail: http://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9065

The street address for your GPS is: 3751 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA  23185

Bald Eagle may not be the best national bird

Dan Cristol writes, “The Bald Eagle is off the endangered species list and quite abundant in Virginia. It is finally safe to discuss whether the eagle is a fitting national symbol.

“Because of the Bald Eagle’s habit of eating mainly carrion and robbing Osprey of their hard-earned catch, Ben Franklin was an early critic. In a letter to his daughter he wrote of the Bald Eagle, “… like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.”

Read the full article at https://www.vagazette.com/life/va-vg-birding-1222-story.html

Birdwatching benefits mind, body and spirit

Bald Eagle (Photo by Beth Morgan)

“More than a decade ago, Cathy Millar began feeling burned out over work and family obligations. Seeking relief from daily stressors, Millar found comfort through nature by joining the Williamsburg Bird Club.

“I grew up in a household where everyone was always interested in nature,” said Millar, who has been a member of the Williamsburg Bird Club for a dozen years and is the club’s secretary. “For me, going on a bird walk is a spiritually renewing experience. I love stopping and watching birds and other creatures. I find it engrossing and soothing. When I go, all the worries of the world take a backseat for a while.”

Williamsburg Bird Club — with roughly 200 members — defines its mission as promoting the study of wild birds….” Read the rest of the story at the Virginia Gazette.

NOTE: At the end of the article, the Gazette says that the WBC “meets the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 8 a.m., typically at New Quarter Park.” Every fourth Saturday we meet at New Quarter Park. Every second Saturday, we meet at different parks or trails. See the calendar for details.

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Training

From President Cheryl Jacobson:
Greetings WBC Members:  I have been talking to many of you about VA Breeding Bird Atlas and the need for more volunteers for our Region 11.  You have expressed interest but the need for more training.  I  promised training and help for everyone who becomes involved.  I am excited to announce the following:
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Training-Ashley Peele (Project Coordinator who is based at the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech) and Dave Youker (a member of WBC and Region 11 Leader)
DateApril 13, 2018…. 9:30-12:30
Location:  Freedom Park Training Room
Directions: From Interstate 64 take exit 234A to Route 199. From Route 199 take the Longhill Road exit. Turn right onto Longhill Road (Route 612). Follow Longhill Road until it ends at the park gates. Once inside the park gates, follow road to the parking lot.
We are exploring many fun ways of surveying in our assigned blocks, including working in mini teams and conducting a monthly first Saturday walk/survey in a  somewhat close priority block.  Don’t miss out on the fun!!  Mark your calendar and Save the date. 
If you are unable to attend a weekday training…we are invited to join Hampton Roads Bird Club on Saturday morning April 14th.  I will send more details once the location of that training is determined.   Also, you can explore more by going to:  http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/about 
If you have questions, please email me at jcheryljoy@aol.com .  I hope to see you at the training.  
Best Year of the Bird
Cheryl Jacobson