Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chincoteague Island

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

September 22, 2013

I took off work on Friday so hubby and I could enjoy an overnight trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to visit. My excitement started as I was seeing some cool birds along our drive on the eastern shore of Maryland. There were a few hawks along the highway, gulls flying along side the car while driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, awesome sighting of a Great Horned Owl on an electric pole, a kingfisher perched on a wire, cattle egrets seen on a cattle farm near Pocomoke City.

During our stay at Chincoteague Island we enjoyed the gorgeous weather, beach, birds, ponies and pretty scenery.


Above are the Black Skimmers, a Little Blue Heron, Egrets and the Chincoteague Lighthouse.

The boardwalk at Tom's Cove, surfer, Chincoteague ponies and the pretty beach.  We had cool sightings of dolphins swimming by and playing around in and jumping out the waves.

More Skimmers, Godwit, Terns and some Willets and along the side in the photo is a Little Blue, Snowy Egret and a Tricolored heron and the bottom is a Green Heron.

On a later post I will share my two lifers...the rare sighting of a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Sandwich Tern. The birding was awesome. I enjoyed seeing all the shorebirds.

Spending the one night we were able to watch the sunset, the moon rise above the ocean and see a beautiful sunrise.  After watching the sunrise we checked out some more of the shorebirds as we headed back to our hotel for breakfast. Not ready to go home we hung around the Chincoteague NWR. We took a walk on the woodland trail and did one last stop to check out the Tom's Cove area which was were I spotted my lifers. I will post about my Chincoteague lifers on another post. Even on the drive home, I was able to watch an eagle lift off the Nanticoke River and fly next to our car for awhile as I drove over the bridge. I had a great weekend, how was your weekend?

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74 comments:

Kerri Farley said...

Oh how FUN! I want to go and it has been on my list for a long time!!! Any recommendation on hotels there?

✿ chica said...

Que lindas fotos e maravilhoso lugar! beijos,tudo de bom,chica

vickie said...

Gorgeous images! A place I have always wanted to visit.

Terri Buster said...

Gorgeous shots- and what a fun getaway!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome views. just amazing. we have been there a couple of times. never a letdown at all .. perfect times. ( :

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You always have the greatest "get aways!" How beautiful!! The birds and the horses!! AND especially the sunrise and moon! Very nice/lovely!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant shots Eileen.

Lynne said...

Sounds like and looks like a perfectly wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to your "lifers." Happy you enjoyed your long weekend Eileen!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

A wonderful area and landscape and lots of birds. Marvelous photos of your walk there. Best regards, Synnöve

Phil Slade said...

You certainly did have a good and extended weekend Eileen. And with a number of rather nice birds too, plus lifers and those wonderful sunrises. Can't wait to see your lifer pictures. Enjoy the coming week.

rainfield61 said...

Birds always appear very pretty.

They are one of the superstars.

Montanagirl said...

I think I'd like visiting there! Beautiful photos and collages, Eileen. Love the sunset/moon shots. I did read "Misty of Chincoteague" as a kid. Anything do with horses I think I've read it. Very nice post!!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful collages Eilleen.
Greetings Irma

TexWisGirl said...

how awesome! would love to see the famous ponies. but i'd settle for a little blue or tri-color. :)

Shirley said...

I just had to stop in when I saw your post title because one of my favourite books as a child was about the ponies of Chincoteague written by Marguerite Henry. I am so glad you posted a photo of some. Lovely sunset over the ocean too.

I imagine this island to be just off the east coast of Virginia? It looks like a wildlife lover's paradise.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What a wonderful place. Yes, I read Marguerite Henry books as a young girl. Really nice pictures! Have a super good coming week!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!Wow!!!You sure had a wonderful trip!!!Gorgeous pictures and collage!!!I like the birds ,the beach and the lighthouse photos!!Amazing pictures of the sunset and the moon!!!I really enjoyed your today's post!!!
Have a happy new week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Leslie's Garden said...

Goodness, you sure see a lot of wildlife there! It's really impressive that you know the names of all those birds. I would have loved to of seen the Horned Owl. How fantastic! I live in a heavily wooded area, but have only seen an owl once. They are magnificent. I'm sure if I put my mind and time to it I would see more. I'm too much of a house sitter!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Breathtaking - all of them! Such a feast of wild birds. The closest area to us, that is like this, unfortunately, is over 5 hour's drive south - and one has to pass through Seattle's standstill traffic - adding perhaps an hour or two to the trip - and on weekends - it can take up to 3 hours to go 45 miles in the Seattle stretch of highway - insane.
So it would be a three day trip - at least - to get to the Columbia River Flyway - which we shall do sometime. The area just south of us is just too populated and they have ruined so many good birding areas before common sense took over from corporate greed.

I love the variety of birds that you saw there, and the photos of them - each is amazing.

Late last winter we had a flock of Willets come through - they usually are not in this area - and I happened to be at Birch Bay State Park and got lots of wonderful photos of them - it was a fabulous surprise.

Debbie said...

love the lighthouse....and the surfer dude!!

awesome images!!

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic Eileen, always love to pop in and see what you have to share.

Saun said...

Sounds like a lot of fun great series happy shooting

Saun

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen what a wonderful place to have a break. Fantastic images especially the sunsets and Moon.

podso said...

Wonderful shots of the moon and the sunset. I'm glad you had such good weather.

A Garden of Threads said...

So exciting to cross things of a bucket list. Looks like you had a fabulous time.

Happyone said...

Great photos us usual. Always enjoy your pictures. : )

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Gorgeous photos, as usual! Especially love the one of the boardwalk and the top right,full orange moon! Is it a Harvest Moon?

Thanks for sharing!

Poppy

Mary said...

I've always wanted to visit ever since I was a little girl and read about the ponies! Was just talking to my husband about it this morning! Beautiful images, Eileen! xoxo

Anni said...

Oh my goodness...you shoulda linked up at the Bird D'Pot with these awesome photos.

Love the ponies too. I think I would definitely take a day off for visiting here also!!

Al said...

I love the late evening shots of the sun and moon.

diane b said...

That sounded like the best weekend for a birder. The birds, beaches, scenery and sunsets all look magical.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the island, very picturesque.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Your post sounded like a birders paradise. Glad that you could get away. Valerie

Lavender Cottage said...

My weekend was dull compared to yours Eileen. I'd say it was well worth taking a day off work to go to Chincoteague Island. Lots of interesting birds and amazing sunrise/sunset. I probably wouldn't know the birds you found for lifers, but I'm happy for you all the same.
Happy Autumn.
Judith

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. Great photos as always.

Beth said...

Your sunset shots are amazing, Eileen. I enjoyed seeing the birds and ponies too.

Merlesworld said...

You got some great pictures of birds and the sunset looks like a lovely place for a weekend away.
Merle........

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Such a lovely spot! Of course I love the lighthouse. Just by the water is always so restful. Thanks for sharing.

Genie Robinson said...

What beautiful shots. Such a great idea to take a Friday off and head out for water, birds, and NC nature. I am way jealous. When the children were growing up, we went there every summer. It was heavenly. genie

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Eileen

Oh I love seeing your birds and they are particularly wonderful in these mosaics.

I would have been excited and looking forward to this weekend away too - you certainly made the most of it by capturing some incredible pics.

I always enjoy your posts giving me insight into bird life in the US - thank you Eileen!

Wishing you a very happy week
Shane

Linda said...

Oh, I love Assateague Island! (For those who don't know it's the wild island on the ocean side of Chincoteague. The hotels and restaurants are on Chincoteague, but some of Eileen's pics show Assateague.)

We have a National Parks Senior Pass which gives us free admission to Assateague. Sometimes we rent a small condo at the Assateague Inn (on Chincoteague). I'd better stop because I'm probably confusing people.

Cranberry Morning said...

How absolutely gorgeous! Chincoteague sounds and looks just magical.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Chincoteague is such a beautiful nature refuge, Eileen! I visited it many years ago. It is so amazing to see the horses running free there.

Stephanie said...

Love the distance view of the lighthouse, beaches, lovely place you visited.

Elaine said...

Wonderful photos and collages! What a lovely spot for a getaway, although I'm not sure an overnighter would be enough.

pallavi puri said...

such striking pictures Eileen. Each better than the other. Beautiful!

Thanks
Pallavi

Nancy said...

Looks like you had perfect weather for your weekend getaway Eileen.

Stewart M said...

I really am going to have to organise a trip to see skimmers! What great looking birds.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Sounds like my kind of weekend! Though mine wasn't as adventurous as yours. Beautiful images, Eileen. Really enjoyed this set. :) Look forward to reading about and seeing your lifers.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Wonderful series of images of the sea, the beach, the light house, the horses and large variety of water birds. The sun set pics are awesome. Seems like a great place for a week end get away.

grammie g said...

HI Eileen ... Stunning shot's of the place, and a gorgeous sunset ..loved it!

Grace

Ercotravels said...

Fantastic looking the glimpse of Chincoteague Island in your photographs..
thanks for sharing....

Kim said...

What a fantastic trip Eileen! Congratulations on the lifers and thanks for sharing your images. I find skimmers totally amazing and would love to see one. Happy birding :)

yonca said...

I am loving sunset views an that pic is gorgeous!Have a wonderful week!

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful place to visit. And, oh, the moonrise, the sunrise - just lovely.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So neat! You saw a lot of different things on this trip. I like the Chincoteague ponies :)

Barb said...

I've alwasy wanted to visit this area and your photos are enticing me more! That sunrise/sunset are fabulous. What a great trip.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your photos are always just amazing!
We're so lucky that you take us along on your fabulous excursions!
Patti

Indrani said...

Beautiful collages. It is so hard to choose which theme is good! :)

Chris Rohrer said...

You certainly did have a good outing!!! Many of those birds would be lifers for me. The cooler weather has finally arrived here....although it's just a tad cooler, I'll take it!:) Thanks for sharing your trip. We're taking off this Friday to finally discover the great California Condors. Those weekends are super important:) They recharge the soul!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We loved it there so much...definitely on our 'i wish we could go back' list.....thank you for the beautiful pictures. It is such an awe-inspiring place.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Fantastic photos ~ you do go to the best places ~ love it ~ carol ^_^

Sandy Carlson said...

Looks like a wonderful, wonderful place so full of life. Thanks, Eileen!

DeniseinVA said...

You got some amazing photos Eileen, all gorgeous!

Photo Cache said...

incredible shots. what a fun get away.

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful place! Love the scenery and those sky shots.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos and great set of birds.

Kusum Sanu said...

Nice trip report and those ponies are fantastic!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

What a beautiful post, and love your sun shot photos!

Gary Phillips said...

Another great series!! Bopom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fun60 said...

You saw so much in such a short time. Loved the sunset.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

My goodness Eileen, it looks like such a wonderful place to visit and wow, you sure tons of beauty and wildlife there too. This looks like I place I would enjoy too~

edenhills said...

So beautiful! I visited the island once many years ago before I had gone digital. I would love to visit again.

Une Angevine said...

il y a une belle lumière sur les oiseaux

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