The tourists have gone and the hush of fall has descended upon Chincoteague. If you love the outdoors and enjoy birding, this is a glorious time to come to see some of your favorite shorebirds and waterfowl at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Species you will see in abundance through November at the refuge include the Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret and Glossy Ibis.
Some of the popular sites to observe birds are at Swan Cove Pool along Beach Road, and Herons and Egrets can be spotted in the borrow ditches around the refuge.
Stay the weekend with us at Island Manor House bed and breakfast, and we’ll pack you a picnic, loan you some binoculars, and, when you’ve added more birds to your checklist of those spotted, head back to the Inn for a hot cup of cocoa in front of the fire.
Many shops and restaurants are open through the fall and winter, so you will have no shortage of things to do when you’re not out birding. Plan to come out for “Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend,” November 25-28, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Open House with special events and programs.