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.