Audubon announces February bird walk
, 2015

Audubon announces
February bird walks

The Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) on February 10 will conduct a bird walk at Regent Point Marina on Locklies Creek near Topping. On February 22, the NNAS will drop in at Belle Isle State Park.

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The Regent Point walk will be led by NNAS vice president and Regent Point Marina owner Jim Wagner and NNAS board member Frank Schaff.

The grounds of the marina and surrounding area provide a range of wildlife habitats, including marshes, open fields, woods and beaches with wide views of the Rappahannock River, said publicity chairman Maggie Gerdts.

Possible sightings include bald eagles, lesser scaups, buffleheads, mergansers, pied-billed grebes, loons, green-winged teals, eastern bluebirds, red winged blackbirds, belted kingfishers, nuthatches, yellow-rumped warblers, robins, tufted titmice, white throated sparrows and woodpeckers, she said.

Carpools will leave Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock at 7:15 a.m., said Gerdts. Those driving directly should arrive at the marina at 7:30 a.m.

To reach Regent Point Marina from Kilmarnock, take Mary Ball road east and cross the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge. Continue two miles and turn left onto Dirt Bridge Road. At the end of Dirt Bridge, turn left onto Regent Road. At the end of Regent Road, turn left at the marina sign onto Regent Point Drive.

Belle Isle State Park walk

Schaff will lead the Belle Isle State Park walk, said Gerdts. Walkers should plan to meet at 8 a.m. at the park’s horse drop/parking lot.

With seven miles of waterfront along the Rappahannock River and Mulberry and Deep creeks, walkers will explore diverse tidal and non-tidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forests, she said.

Possible sightings include buffleheads, hooded, red-breasted, common mergansers, loons, geese, tundra swans, double crested cormorants, bald eagles, great blue herons, belted king fishers, Eastern blue birds and gulls, said Gerdts.

To reach the park from Kilmarnock, take Mary Ball Road west to Lively and turn left onto White Chapel Road. At the end of White Chapel Road, turn right onto River Road. Go 3.1 miles and turn left onto Belle Isle Road. After the park entrance, continue through the four way intersection. The horse parking lot will be on the right.

Warm clothing and water resistant footwear are recommended for both walks, she said.  There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. 

Walkers should call Schaff at 462-0084 so a return call can be placed if a walk is cancelled.

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