On Saturday, Frank Schaff of the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk near Urbanna at the home of Maggie Eubank Gerdts. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.
This is a prime time for bird watching as it is the end of the winter season and the beginning of migration. Among the recent sightings in Gerdts’ yard and near by have been hooded mergansers, loons, buffleheads, ruddy ducks, great blue herons, robins, cardinals, blue jays, Eastern towhees, American goldfinches, brown headed nuthatches, robins, a rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged black birds, white throated sparrows, an Eastern screech owl, Carolina chickadees, and bald eagles.
Directions to 810 Browns Lane: Come into Urbanna across the bridge on Route 227. Go to the center of town to the stop sign. Turn lest onto Virginia Street (Route 602). Pass the firehouse on your left and Urbanna Market on your right. Go approximately 1 mile (passing Port Town Road and Lord Mott Road on your right and Townbridge Road on your left. Turn right on the next road, Browns Lane (Route 684) at the sign for Bethpage Camp Resort. Go 7/10ths of a mile. Turn right by the two mailboxes (672 and 810) onto the dirt road (opposite the entrance to Bethpage. Follow the little winding dirt road to the second cottage. Please call Frank Schaff at 804-462-0084 to let him know that you are coming in case the walk is cancelled. Check out the website at www.northernneckaudubon.org for additional information.