We had a fantastic day exploring Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Highlights: our very first Brown-headed Nuthatches! What amazing little birds! It was such a thrill watching these nuthatches flutter around the pines. Also Eastern Towhees and juvenile Bald Eagles. Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrels
Toms Cove Beach
Highlights: 2 North American River Otters! We even watched one battle with a female Northern Harrier. American Oystercatchers, Willets, our first Lesser Black-backed Gull, Snow Geese flying right over us
Other birds: Ring-billed Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gull, Dunlins, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Grackles, Mute Swans, Northern Shovelers, American Wigeons, Black-bellied Plover, Great Black-backed Gull
Highlights: Assateague Lighthouse! The only birds were saw on this trail were many more Northern Cardinals.
Highlights: Tundra Swans, Chincoteague Wild Ponies at a distance
Other birds: Red-winged Blackbirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American Crow
Highlights: Chincoteague Wild Ponies. A herd of them walked right next to my car. The horses were so close to my car, I could have literally reached out and touched them (of course I didn’t!). What a exciting experience! (Make sure to watch the video below to see them all walk by)
Other birds: Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teals, Canada Geese
It was an amazing day. We added 2 species to our life list (current total 192 for me), saw the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel, 2 North American River Otters, and got up close and personal with the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies!
Have you been to Chincoteague Island and seen the wild ponies? Tell me about it in the comments.
To read about Part 1 of our vacation at Blackwater NWR, Maryland, click here.