Date: 4/8/18 6:17 pm From: Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Brief report on Chincoteague/thanks to all who replied to my RFI
Below is a brief report on my visit to Chincoteague a couple of days ago. I'd like to say thank you to Wes Teets, Bill Hohenstein, and William Leigh for responding in depth to my RFI. These responses were very helpful in finding my targets.
On the way to Chincoteague I stopped at a couple of spots in Williamsburg where I found my FOY/FOS palm warbler. At Cape Charles Harbor I found some horned grebes that were transitioning to breeding plumage and some very distant shorebirds that may have been purple sandpipers.
At Chincoteague itself I found three piping plovers (a target species for the trip) on the little island in Swan Cove. I found two groups of black-bellied plovers (another target species) on the sand between Tom's Cove and the beach, and a number of distant gannets out over the ocean.
Later in the day I found a whimbrel feeding with a good-sized group of marbled godwits (another target species) in Swan Cove. I gave a half-hour try at the sparrows on boardwalk bridge at high tide, but there was a ton of wind and the land birds weren't active even in the more sheltered forest on the woodland trail.
The high winds aside it was a very successful trip!