I packed up my mother the second week of August and we headed to Norfolk, Virginia primarily to see my son graduate from the music program at the Naval Amphibious Base there and then send him off to the Marine Corps. Band at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii(He is a budding birder but he has noticed that there are "alot of strange birds out here"). We took some time for a couple of birding outings. Spent one day at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. What a place! Primarily, the bird life was the Mockingbird. We had lots of opportunities to "Listen to the Mockingbird". But the Bald Eagle making trips to and from her nest was fun to watch and numerous Egrets out on the water. We took another day to go over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (an interesting experience to recommend) and out to Kiptopeke Park. Very nice Park and many, many shorebirds including Pelicans, terns ,and gulls galore. One could spend a good deal of time in this area seeing the sights and the birds however, August isn't the time to do it unless you are prepared for seriously HOT and STEAMY weather. There are a lot of areas for viewing wildlife and birdlife up and down the coast there and people were most helpful in providing directions and simply "talking the place up". Great trip and I would recommend that area to anyone when out east. Oh! Did I mention that it was HOT and STEAMY!!!!! The pounds just melt away! Rob Whitmire Stevens Point Portage County #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.