CBBT Boat Trip, January 20, 2018

The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 20, 2018. Geoff Giles has chartered 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 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.

We will have a good opportunity to observe sea ducks, shorebirds, raptors and more from a large, comfortable boat with ample heated cabin space, rest rooms, tables and indoor seating. The last few years this trip has given us some views and photo ops with humpbacked whales and harbor seals!  We will 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. 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.

The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please sign up early (by mailing in your check) so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go — we need 25. 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. 

Field Trip to Hog Island, Surry, Va., November 19, 2017

445 Canada Goose
1 Tundra Swan
6 American Wigeon
47 Mallard
3 Bufflehead
28 Hooded Merganser
3 Pied-billed Grebe
89 Double-crested Cormorant
6 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
7 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
12 Bald Eagle
1 Killdeer
17 Ring-billed Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 crow sp.
2 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Northern Mockingbird
19 European Starling
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
5 White-throated Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Meadowlark
14 Red-winged Blackbird

Field Trip to Grandview Beach, October 21, 2017

The yellow rumps are back in town and were well represented yesterday. After filtering them out, we had some great birds and good looks at Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Marsh Wren, Hermit Thrush, Swamp Sparrow, and Savannah Sparrow.
 
Participants: 
 
Nancy Barnhart, Leader
John and Marilyn Adair
Lou Amato
Lisa Billow
Shirley Devan
Deane and Ruth Gordon
Jan Lockwood
Letitia Lussier
Patty Maloney
Cathy Millar
Sue Mutell
Betty Peterson
 
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, Virginia, US
Oct 21, 2017 8:05 AM – 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Williamsburg Bird Club Field Trip
45 species (+2 other taxa)
2 Canada Goose
3 Mallard
21 Double-crested Cormorant
15 Brown Pelican
1 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
1 White Ibis
3 Sanderling
3 Laughing Gull
4 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
12 gull sp.
3 Mourning Dove
3 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
4 crow sp.
9 Tree Swallow
3 Carolina Chickadee
6 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
23 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
4 Brown Thrasher
4 Northern Mockingbird
5 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Pine Warbler
48 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 White-throated Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
2 Northern Cardinal
4 Red-winged Blackbird
3 House Finch
4 American Goldfinch
 

Field Trip to the Eastern Shore, September 16, 2017

CBBT–South Thimble Island (#1), Virginia Beach, Virginia, US
Sep 16, 2017 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: WBC field trip
15 species
1 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Brown Pelican
2 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
30 Ruddy Turnstone
4 Sanderling
1 Spotted Sandpiper
450 Laughing Gull
Estimated
2 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
2 Royal Tern
70 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1 Carolina Wren
1 Gray Catbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Northern Parula
Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR–Butterfly Trail, Northampton, Virginia, US
Sep 16, 2017 9:24 AM – 10:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: WBC field trip
25 species
7 White Ibis
12 Black Vulture
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
2 Broad-winged Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
3 Red-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
36 Tree Swallow
7 Carolina Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal
6 Red-winged Blackbird
4 American Goldfinch
Cheriton Landfill, Northampton, Virginia, US
Sep 16, 2017 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: WBC field trip
24 species
225 Canada Goose
2 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Snowy Egret
1 Tricolored Heron
1 Cattle Egret
7 Black-crowned Night-Heron
43 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
25 Black Vulture
12 Turkey Vulture
1 Laughing Gull
1 Mourning Dove
30 American Crow
12 Fish Crow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Wren
2 Gray Catbird
52 European Starling
1 Yellow Warbler
105 Bobolink
   
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch, Northampton, Virginia, US
Sep 16, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Williamsburg Bird club trip to Eastern Shore
11 species
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper’s Hawk
3 Bald Eagle
3 Broad-winged Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
5 American Kestrel
3 Merlin
3 Peregrine Falcon
1 Carolina Wren

Field Trip to Craney Island, August 11, 2017

1 Canada Goose
25 Mallard
8 Ruddy Duck
20 Double-crested Cormorant
80 Brown Pelican
8 Great Blue Heron
12 Great Egret
45 Snowy Egret
2 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
4 Osprey
50 Black-necked Stilt
200 American Avocet
8 Black-bellied Plover
35 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
20 Stilt Sandpiper
45 Least Sandpiper
3 White-rumped Sandpiper
500 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1500 peep sp.
10 Short-billed Dowitcher
10 Wilson’s Phalarope
3 Red-necked Phalarope
12 Spotted Sandpiper
25 Greater Yellowlegs
6 Willet (Western)
150 Lesser Yellowlegs
150 Laughing Gull
2 Gull-billed Tern
1 Caspian Tern
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
15 Chimney Swift
1 American Kestrel
1 American Crow
2 Fish Crow
1 Purple Martin
5 Tree Swallow
80 Barn Swallow
15 European Starling
3 Song Sparrow
20 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Boat-tailed Grackle
2 American Goldfinch