Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Island #1
The temperature was 14 degrees when I awoke, and 18 degrees when Walt and I left Chincoteague for our trip back to Nellysford. At least we had some time for the temperature to warm up a bit before our first stop at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Island #1.
Female Red-breasted Merganser
We made a couple of more stops on the way home. Walt had never been to the Newport News Park. I had been there a few times, and it is an excellent birding location when there aren't a lot of park goers. We saw a few ducks, gulls, and woodland birds. A Winter Wren was very cooperative.
Our second stop was at Settler's Mill near Jamestown where a Western Tanager had been reported off and on since last November. We didn't see the Western Tanager, but added a few more trip birds to our list.
Ring-billed Gull eyeing its next meal
Although I didn't see all of my target birds, five new life birds plus the dark morph Snow Geese made for a successful trip. And the number of birds that we saw was spectacular. After dropping Walt off at his house, I drove to my house and as I entered my garage, my car trip odometer read exactly 1,100 miles.
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