Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th, for a program with Bob Schamerhorn. He’ll talk about some of our most exciting, fierce, and perhaps most interesting North American predatory birds, including hawks, owls, falcons, eagles and even vultures. The focus will be primarily on mid-Atlantic raptor species, with information on food, migration, adaptations and identification, as well as information regarding breeding to support the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas efforts.
Meetings are free and open to the public. We meet in Room 101, Andrews Hall, College of William & Mary (605 Jamestown Rd Williamsburg, VA).
Club member Andy Hawkins will lead our field trip to Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, Saturday, January 21, 2017. If you want to carpool, meet the group at 7:00 am at Colony Square Shopping Center, 1303 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. We’ll meet Andy at the Park by 8 am. We’ll spend about 3 hours at the park, walking at a leisurely pace about 2 miles on level ground with good paths.
Andy will then lead us to Messick Point, about 15 minutes away from Sandy Bottom, to pick up some additional species. We should finish up there around 12:30 pm. We will pass The Crab Cake House going to Messick Point. If anyone wants lunch when we are done, Andy recommends it.
If you want to meet us at Sandy Bottom, plan to arrive by 8 am. The address is: 1255 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666. Here is the web site where you can see a map of the park and a park brochure-- http://www.hampton.gov/142/Sandy-Bottom-Nature-Park.
The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring its annual boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Geoff Giles has chartered the Bay Princess, a large comfortable boat, for this eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species 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 Bay Bridge Tunnel islands 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.
The last few years this trip has given us some views and photo ops with humpbacked whales and harbor seals as well as ducks.
We will gather at 8:30 a.m. to board the Bay Princess which will leave at 9:00 a.m. from Dockside Restaurant & Marina, 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. We will return to the dock about 1 pm.
“Dockside" is a very good seafood restaurant at the marina 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.
The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please mail your check early so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go -- we need 25. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to you to confirm and let you know the final details. 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 Club Treasurer Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090.
|28 Jan 12:00AM Boat Trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands|
|28 Jan 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|11 Feb 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|15 Feb 07:00PM Monthly Meeting: Dr. Leslie Bulluck: Prothonotary Warblers|
|25 Feb 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|11 Mar 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|15 Mar 07:00PM Monthly Meeting: Nick Newberry|
|25 Mar 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|08 Apr 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|19 Apr 07:00PM Monthly Meeting|