On Monday, December 8, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at George Washington Birthplace National Monument Park on Pope’s Creek between Montross and Oak Grove in Westmoreland County.
This is a fascinating time of year to bird watch as the migrating waterfowl are arriving, sometimes in great numbers. The National Park Service allows visitors to view wildlife at the birthplace of our first president. In addition to wildlife, the park offers stunning vistas of the Potomac River from beautiful bluffs. There are woods, ponds, open fields and beaches. Possible sightings include: bald eagles, Canada geese (in great numbers), white fronted geese, great blue herons, terns, gulls, loons, wild turkeys, tundra swans, bufflehead and hooded merganser ducks, etc.
Carpools will leave Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock at 7:15 a.m. Those driving directly should meet at 8:15 a.m. at the beach in the park. Take Route 3 west through Montross. About ¼ mile past Potomac Mills, turn right on Pope’s Creek Road (Route 204). Proceed to the park. Go ¾ of the way around the monument. Follow signs to the cemetery and continue to the beach.
Warm clothing is recommended. There will be loaner binoculars available. Please call Frank Schaff at 804-462-0084 to let him know that you are coming so he can notify you if the walk is cancelled. For additional information about the NNAS and activities, check the website at www.northernneckaudubon.org.