January Field Trip: Boat Trip to CBBT Islands

Again this year, the Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a birding boat trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 21, 2012. Enjoy our beautiful Chesapeake Bay and its winter bird life with us!

The Bird Club’s Field Trip Coordinator, Geoff Giles, has chartered a large comfortable boat for this eye-level look at the bay ducks, scoters, shore birds and seabirds plus other wonderful species such as the harbor seals we saw last year around the tunnel islands. Photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. We will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman’s Island on the Eastern Shore.

The CBBT area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds and wildlife. It will be possible to do some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photos will be from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and weather is recommended.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to observe sea ducks, shorebirds, raptors and more from a large, comfortable boat with ample heated cabin space, rest rooms, tables and indoor seating. CVWO President and Williamsburg Bird Club member Brian Taber will be our trip leader and help us identify the birds.

We will depart from Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach on Saturday, January 21, at 9 am and return to the dock at about 1 pm. There is a very good seafood restaurant dockside for those inclined to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we’ll return your check, of course. Should that happen, we will try for a rain date one week later. Note that we will not cash your check until after the trip.

Cost is $25 per person. Your check is your reservation. Sign up early so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go — we need 30. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled.

Please make checks ($25.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Geoff Giles, PO Box 133, Lightfoot, VA 23090. Include your email address and phone # so we can get back to you to confirm departure location and contact you if plans change.

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