UPDATE: eBird Checklist
Our leader will be Rob Bielawski of Virginia Beach who says "it's my favorite place in the state to bird."
Per Rob: “[The Refuge] is prime for unusual sightings, being located at the extreme southeast corner of the state, and right on the coast. All the species present right now (late January) will still be out there by mid-March, so a good mix of waterfowl would be expected. What makesinteresting is there is some potential for catching some of the earliest arriving migrants to the state (Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Purple Martin would all be somewhat likely, with perhaps Tricolored/Little Blue Herons as well as some of the early shorebirds like Pectoral or Stilt Sandpipers...maybe even a couple very early warblers like Black-and-white). … Until [ ], only the trails in the immediate vicinity of the visitor contact station are open (Kuralt Trail, Bay Trail, Dune Trail, Seaside Trail, and the gravel road that heads south towards the East & West Dike gates). Most bird clubs just do a quick seawatch on the north end of the beach near the parking lot.”
Here is a link to the Refuge’s web site: https://www.fws.gov/
If you want to see some of Rob’s photos from Back Bay, click over to his web site: http://www.beachbirding.
Carpooling is recommended. Meet at Colony Square Shopping Center, 1301 Jamestown Road, byfor a prompt departure at 7. The trip is approximately 1.5 hours. We’ll meet Rob in the Parking Lot at the Visitor Center. There are plenty of trails to keep our binoculars and scopes busy all morning. Before leaving we’ll check the beach (adjacent to the parking lot) for a quick look to see what’s flying by.
Bring scopes and cameras plus water and snacks. Dress for the weather forecast. There are restrooms at the Visitor Center. We’ll aim for departure byto head back to Williamsburg.