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Previous Tours - CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (NWR), VIRGINIA

Top 10 lists are voted upon by the participants at the completion of each tour.

 

CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
& the DELMARVA PENINSULA
October 2012
Shirley Mutz, long-time tour participant


Thanks for another great trip.

Shirley

 

CHINCOTEAGUE & DELMARVA TOUR:
19-22 October 2012

  1) SALTMARSH SPARROW--we had simply incredible, close-up, prolonged views of two adults and a juvenile in the salt marsh at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.
  2) Great Cormorant--two immatures were in close comparison to several Double-crested Cormorants on the south jetty of Ocean City Inlet.
  3) Brown-headed Nuthatch--there was numerous individuals easily seen and heard at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
  4) Red-breasted Nuthatch--many were readily found throughout the tour during this major invasion year.
  5) American Oystercatcher--these showy shorebirds are always a big hit on the Chincoteague oyster beds.
  6) American Avocet--there were hundreds on the Bombay Hook impoundments.
  7) Stilt Sandpiper--our best look was of two individuals on the Wachapreague mudflats.
  8) Marbled Godwit--one of these large cinnamon-colored shorebirds was with a large flock of Willets at Swan Cove, Chincoteague.
  9) Golden-crowned Kinglet--these birds usually feed high in tree top canopies, often in evergreens. We found a nice fallout on the dunes and in goldenrod at Indian River Inlet.
10) Black-necked Stilt--a single bird was with Avocets at Bombay Hook. This is late in the season for this species.

We were fortunate enough to see numerous Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins at several locations. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge yielded SIX Delmarva Fox Squirrels (a federally endangered species) and six Wild Ponies.

We identified 12 species of butterflies that included Common Buckeye, many Monarchs, Red Admiral, American Lady, Mourning Cloak, Great Spangled and Meadow Fritillaries, Cloudless, Clouded, and Orange Sulphurs, Delaware Skipper, and Cabbage White.

 

Favorite birds of the
CHINCOTEAGUE--DELMARVA TOUR,
conducted 22-25 October 2010
,
as voted upon by the participants and leader.
  1) HUDSONIAN GODWIT
  2) Marbled Godwit
  3) Ross’s Goose
  4) Brown-headed Nuthatch
  5) Northern Gannet
  6) American Oystercatcher
  7) Clapper Rail
  8) Great Cormorant
  9) Red-breasted Nuthatch
10) Killdeer

 

Favorite species of the
CHINCOTEAGUE B&B TOUR,
conducted 22-24 October 1999
,
as voted upon by the participants & leader.
  1) SNOW GOOSE
  2) American Avocet
  3) Northern Gannet
  4) Monk Parakeet
  5) Eastern Screech-Owl
  6) Winter Wren
  7) Sanderling
  8) Red-throated Loon
  9) Tricolored Heron
10) Marbled Godwit

 

CHINCOTEAGUE-DELMARVA TOUR:
24-27 October 2008

  1) CLAPPER RAIL--a very inquisitive bird came within a few feet of us in a small marsh along the Chincoteague causeway.
  2) Bald Eagle--great looks at several adults, very special to Anny.
  3) Snow Bunting--an early, unusual visitor to Kiptopeke State Park, perched on the roof of a gazebo!
  4) Brown Thrasher--great scope views at a cooperative individual along the Chincoteague NWR Woodland Trail.
  5) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron--a very late migrant perched on a rock jetty at Kiptopeke.
  6) Northern Harrier--many views of this handsome raptor over the marshes.
  7) Brown-headed Nuthatch--we had several flocks along the Woodland Trail, making their squeaky toy calls.
  8) Royal Tern--perched, flying and feeding, almost anywhere that we scanned salt water.
  9) Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler--best views were of birds in the hand at the Kiptopeke banding station.
10) Peregrine Falcon--we saw Peregrines in various locations, with the most dramatic being the one that was dive bombing an American Avocet at Bombay Hook NWR.
11) Black Skimmer--three late individuals perched on a sandbar with many Royal Terns and a lingering Caspian Tern.

Mammalian highlights all came from Chincoteague: at least SIX different Delmarva Fox Squirrels, and numerous Chincoteague Ponies and Sika Deer.

 

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