Audubon Birdwalk at Hughlett Point, May 25

On Saturday, May 25, the Northern Neck Audubon society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve in Northumberland County.  This diverse preserve lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and offers a wonderful opportunity for viewing birds and wildlife as it includes coastal forest, shrub, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats.

Possible sightings are migrating Sandpipers, Vireos and Warblers (Black-coated, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated), Snipes, Terns, Gulls, Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Bald eagles, and Killdeer.  There is a Bald eagle nest where chicks may be viewed.

If time permits, the group may continue on to Dameron Marsh, which has a platform overlooking the preserve’s extensive salt marshes and the Chesapeake Bay.

The group will meet at the Hughlett Point Parking lot at 1:30 p.m.  Directions are as follows:  From Burgess, take Rt. 200 south.  Go approximately 8 miles and turn left (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606).  At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go approximately a mile and a half.  The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left; From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 north.  Go approximately 5 miles and turn right (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606).  At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605).  Go approximately a mile and a half.  The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left.

Several pairs of loaner binoculars will be available.  Please call Frank Schaff, at 804-462-0084 to let him know you are coming in case the walk is cancelled. Visit www.northernneckaudubon.org for information on upcoming events.

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm