Saturday, April 23, 2011

Birding Chincoteague

My post for Scenic Sunday


MY post on the Chincoteague ponies is here http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/2011/04/chincoteague-ponies.html
On both days during our visit to Chincoteague we hiked on the marsh trail. The 1/2 mile marsh trail is restricted to foot traffic only and offers excellant views of the freshwater ponds and habitat and has an elevated observation deck.




Cattle Egret




Green winged teal


I believe these are Dunlins but, I could be wrong. A lot of shorebirds look alike to me. I am still learning by looking at the beaks and leg colors to help iding these birds.



I liked watching the large group of Dunlins take off in flight only to land a short distance away.



By the elevated observation platfrom we saw large groups of Green Winged Teals and Northern Shovelers, Mallards, Black Ducks and Canada Geese.


There were also large groups of Northern Shovelers


There were many Tree Swallows flying about and around this birdhouse.



I hope you enjoyed my scenic view of Chincoteague, it is one of my favorite parks to visit. Please check out Scenic Sunday for more great photos.  Thanks to the host of Scenic Sunday and thanks for stopping by my post.

20 comments:

√ Honest Abe said...

You have taken some lovely photo. I am familiar with the tree swallows.

Mimi said...

That's a beautiful trail, and the raised observation deck is a good place from which to catch your lovely photos.

Randy Emmitt said...

Eileen,
My favorite is the Tree Swallows photo. The landscapes are nice too.

Jidhu Jose said...

beautiful shots

Jo said...

Beautiful Eileen, I love waterbirds and waders and also struggle to id them, as I'm still learning. What a lovely hike you took us on. Have a great Easter weekend. Jo

Amila Kanchana said...

A wonderful place for a nature lover! The authorities did a good thing restricting the premise to foot traffic.

Tammy said...

Could only enjoy it more if I was there ;)

texwisgirl said...

looks like a great place for quiet viewing! love the tree swallows shot!

Shirley said...

While you were at Chincoteague, did you catch a glimpse of the wild horses? It has been a dream of mine, since reading Misty of Chincoteague as a child, to go there to see the wild horses.

Jen said...

Great swallow shot! Maybe you will see some baby swallows poking their heads out soon!

Phil said...

Looks like another great place to go birding nearby Eileen. Those walkways are just great in giving an elevated view of everything. Like the Cattle Egret shots - such a successful bird the world over.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I can see why it is a favourite.The scenes are beautiful.

Ann said...

come here and I will take you to our wetlands. Went yestersday and saw lots of pukekos, and 100s of flying little birds,

Vicky said...

Eileen,

Very beautiful post !!! Your photos with birds are lovely!!!

Kerri said...

Definitely on my list of places to visit.
Beautiful post!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, The pictures are super. I love those of the ducks! Have a great Easter today!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures... I especially like that last one.

Happy Easter to you and yours.
Hugs,
Betsy

Joyful said...

You captured some beautiful bird shots. I love the marshy park and it looks like it would be a good place for a walk.

Calling Ravens said...

That elevated footpath looks wonderful! I'm not much of a waterfowl person, but your photos are great. Love the one of the swallows, wow-you really captured that blue!
Excellent!

Barbara Selkirk said...

Beautiful shots Eileen - I love your Mosaics as well as all the photos you take... it's fun to see that part of the world again. What a super way to spend an anniversary... thanks for sharing your love of nature and your talent...Hope you had a great Easter