Road Trip Birding

Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Common Eider by Ventures Birding

Eastern Shore &

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

January 24-28, 2025

Common Loon by Ventures Birding

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $500/person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

    Guide/Leader: Ventures Guide

Cost of Virginia Venture $1,745 per person based on double occupancy (Single supplement $375) Price includes: 4 night’s accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners, entry fees, information packet & bird checklist, and guide/leader service throughout. Not included: Transportation, alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

Come and join us on a short and sweet winter getaway to Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay area in search of waterfowl and other overwintering birds. So-called “Tidewater” Virginia is comprised of two parts: the wide, low coastal plain, cut by meandering rivers into long peninsulas, which forms the western shoreline of Chesapeake Bay; and the “Eastern Shore,” the Virginia portion of the Delmarva Peninsula (containing portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia), which forms the eastern shoreline of the Bay. Where the Coastal Plain meets the ocean there are barrier islands with wide beaches and sand dunes. Behind these lie salt and brackish marshes and shallow bays stuffed with wintering waterfowl and other water birds. Among the sites to be visited in the area are several National Wildlife Refuges (Eastern Shore and Chincoteague), State Parks (Kiptopeke) and of course, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (as we drive across!). Depending on whether the ongoing construction has been completed or not, we may be able to stop along the bridge.

This is an excellent tour to see Common Goldeneye, Harlequin & Long-tailed Ducks, and plenty of others that are scarce to rare in winter in the NC Mountains. We have even managed to see Eurasian Wigeon plus Iceland, Glaucous, and even Black-tailed Gull here on past tours.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Common & Red-throated Loons, Northern Gannet, American Oystercatcher, Great Cormorant, Purple Sandpiper, Tundra & Mute Swans, Brant, Snow Goose, Harlequin Duck, Lesser & Greater Scaup, King & Common Eiders, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged, Surf & Black Scoter, Red-breasted & Hooded Merganser Notables seen on recent trips have included: Black-tailed, Iceland, Glaucous & Little Gulls, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Saw-whet Owl and American Woodcock.