Alice had a bridge tournament in Williamburg, and I went along to do some local area birding. My original plan was to stay for a week, but rainy and extremely windy weather shortened my trip there to a little more than two days of birding. I have birded in this area several times in the past and did not expect to see any life birds, but hoped to get lucky or at least get some good photos.
We drove to Williamburg this morning in some on and off light drizzle, but the afternoon was supposed to be only cloudy. However, I was birding between the light raindrops all afternoon. I did manage to log 30 avian species, but photos this afternoon weren't very good. Best bird this afternoon was an adult Bald Eagle. As I was driving along the island loop, this eagle flew up from the shoulder of the road about 50 feet in front of me, but it was gone before I could get a photo of it.
Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets
Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers
Great Blue Heron
Ring-billed Gulls and Forster's Terns
Red-breasted Merganser and Lesser Scaups
The weather was much better today. Bright sun, warm temperature, and calm winds made for a perfect birding day. Would the birds be as cooperative as the weather? I had never been to the Hog Island WMA before, and needed to take the free ferry across the James River from Jamestown to Scotland. I got there at 9:20 in the morning, and there were only a few cars on the ferry. A Bald Eagle flew by, and Double-crested Cormorants were perched on the ferry piers.
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