This driving trip has been designed as part of our new “Road Trip America” series – where we independently drive to our destination, birding along the way. Usually leaving from Asheville, NC we will wend our way towards our destination hitting good local birding spots along the way. All participants will be given driving directions and a list of our potential stopping places, and aside from transportation, all accommodation, and food will be included in the trip price.
Come and join us on a short and sweet winter getaway to Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay area in search of waterfowl and other overwintering birds. So-called “Tidewater” Virginia is comprised of two parts: the wide, low coastal plain, cut by meandering rivers into long peninsulas, which forms the western shoreline of Chesapeake Bay; and the “Eastern Shore,” the Virginia portion of the Delmarva Peninsula (containing portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia), which forms the eastern shoreline of the Bay. Where the Coastal Plain meets the ocean there are barrier islands with wide beaches and sand dunes. Behind these lie salt and brackish marshes and shallow bays stuffed with wintering waterfowl and other water birds. Among the sites to be visited in the area are several National Wildlife Refuges (Eastern Shore and Chincoteague), State Parks (Kiptopeke) and of course, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
This is an excellent tour to see Common Goldeneye, Harlequin & Long-tailed Ducks, and plenty of others that are scarce to rare in winter in the NC Mountains. We have even managed to see Eurasian Wigeon plus Iceland, Glaucous, and even Black-tailed Gull here on past tours.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Common & Red-throated Loons, Northern Gannet, American Oystercatcher, Great Cormorant, Purple Sandpiper, Tundra & Mute Swans, Brant, Snow Goose, Harlequin Duck, Lesser & Greater Scaup, King & Common Eiders, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged, Surf & Black Scoter, Red-breasted & Hooded Merganser Notables seen on recent trips have included: Black-tailed, Iceland, Glaucous & Little Gulls, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Saw-whet Owl and American Woodcock.