Tours & Destinations Virginia
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CHINCOTEAGUE NWR, VIRGINIA
Fantastic Atlantic Coast Migration, & Chincoteague Ponies18 October 2013 - 21 October 2013, 4 days & 3 nights
This will be a short tour of memorable birding at a beautiful location. The tour will include two days at Chincoteague NWR, plus visits to Bombay Hook NWR and Ocean City. We'll travel the length of the Delmarva Peninsula to Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR. There will be migrant warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl, and local specialties such as Brown-headed Nuthatch and American Oystercatcher. Rarities that we have found at this time of year include American White Pelican, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Eurasian Wigeon, Lark Sparrow, Dickcissel, and Snow Bunting. The Chincoteague Ponies are always a big favorite, as are the flocks of waterfowl and shorebirds that may contain a nice rarity. This will be a great weekend at a comfortable pace. Evening dining will offer seafood fare for which Chincoteague's restaurants are famous. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.
CHINCOTEAGUE & THE DELMARVA PENINSULA, DE-MD-VA
Winter Birds of the Atlantic Coast26 December 2013 - 31 December 2013, 6 days & 5 nights
The Delmarva Peninsula provides excellent birding in early winter. We will visit Virginia Beach, Fort Story, Kiptopeke State Park, Ocean City, and spend a full day at Chincoteague NWR, where we will see Wild Ponies and many great birds. Scoping along the coast is likely to produce a nice variety of seabirds, Purple Sandpiper, other shorebirds, and perhaps a vagrant or two. Good numbers of waterfowl are expected, including Harlequin Duck, Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, and Canvasback. Unusual gulls found on previous tours include Glaucous, Little, Black-headed, and a Black-legged Kittiwake--perched ten feet away! We should also see American Woodcock, Brown Pelican, Bald Eagle, Marbled Godwit, Great Cormorant, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. There may be a hummingbird or two, such as Rufous, Calliope, or another western vagrant. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled tour leader.