Boat Trip to the CBBT Tunnel Islands – January 20th, 2018

The Bay Princess

The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Geoff Giles has chartered a large comfortable boat (ample heated cabin space, rest room, tables, and indoor seating) for this eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species (harbor seals and perhaps whales) around the tunnel islands. Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat.

 
The boat will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore and then out to the Capes near the mouth of the 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 photos will be from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and dampness is recommended.
Common Loon. Photo by Cathy Millar.
 
Gather at 8:30 a.m. to board the Bay Princess, which will leave at 9 a.m. from Lynnhaven Inlet at 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, January 20th, and return to the dock at about 1 pm. 
 
The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please sign up soon (by mailing in your check) to save your space. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled.
 
Please make checks ($30.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to you to confirm and let you know the final details.
 
For additional info contact Geoff Giles at tylerandal2@aol.com or (757) 645-8716. More info at Bird Club web site: http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/
 
There is a very good seafood restaurant dockside for those inclined to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we’ll return your check, of course, or give you the option of a rain date about two weeks later

Northern Gannet. Photo by Cathy Millar.
 

Student Artwork for the Club’s 40th

For the club’s 40th anniversary celebration, Deane Gordon contacted local elementary and middle schools with a proposal to have students produce artwork that would capture our organization’s significant milestone.  Fifty-six students from area schools — Abingdon Elementary School, Gloucester (47), Coventry Elementary School, York (13), Grafton Bethel Elementary School, York (1), Waller Mill Elementary School, York (1) Grafton Middle School, York (1), Tabb Elementary School, York (3) — submitted works. The artwork was divided into five groups and is displayed in the Tabb Library lobby, Wild Birds Unlimited in Williamsburg, the Backyard Birder in Williamsburg, the Yorktown Library, and the JCC Library on Croaker Road. In September, the student’s art pieces will be  brought together for the club’s anniversary celebration. 

Student Art Displayed at the James City County Library. The groups of artwork have been rotated to different buildings throughout the area.