SUNDAY, January 21: FIRST LANDING STATE PARK, Virginia Beach
Meet 8:00 AM in the parking lot at the Trails Center
First Landing State Park is located on Cape Henry where there is access for visitors looking for outdoor recreational activities to include birding. With plenty of trail access to beautiful Cypress pools, wooded dunes and the Chesapeake Bay, this park provides us with great opportunities to see wintering bird life. Roaming bands of Chickadees, Kinglets, and Woodpeckers are common and these groups often contain more rare species in cold weather like Blue-headed Vireos or Black and White Warblers.The State Park is often a good place to find Winter Wrens, Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows and the tiny Brown Creeper, too.
First up, will be a hike on a couple of the nature trails that wind through the Cypress ponds and woods. Afterwards, we’ll drive across Shore Drive to the Park’s camping grounds.The boardwalk heading to the Bay overlook is lined with bushes which provides habitat for Sparrows and Towhees.You are welcome to use the overlook or mosey on down to the beach to scan for Gannets, Grebes, Loons, and waterfowl.With some luck, we’ll see a feeding group of Bonaparte’s Gulls and maybe even a Little Gull.
The entrance gate to the nature trail area opens at Follow Shore Drive, Route 60, turn at the flashing light; pay the fee of $5 if you don’t have a State Park pass; and drive to the Trails Center parking lot. This entrance is on the south side of Shore Drive. By the time we finish walking the trails, nutrition will be on our minds. The likely spot to pull out the thermos of warm soup would be at the parking lot before we head over to the Bay.
Please join us for this first field trip in 2018, and bring friends!
Field Trip Inclement Weather Policy
Since the Cape Henry Audubon Society outings have no scheduled rain dates, we try to conduct all of our field trips…rain or shine. For most weather conditions, this has worked well and will continue to be our goal. However, if on the night before a field trip, severe weather i.e. torrential rain, heavy snow, dangerous wind, flooding, etc. is forecast, and you have doubts about the trip being held, call 484-7398. If the field trip chair doesn’t answer, a recorded announcement will inform you of any changes or cancellations.