I did my planning trip today for the trip that I will lead on March 24th to :Sunken Meadows ,Chippokes State Park, Jamestown Ferry . Each channel marker and specialy built Osprey nesting platform in the James River near Jamestown Island that Osprey are allowed to nest on has an Osprey nest. There is also an Osprey nest on easternmostonly used for protection piling at the ferry landing on the South Bank of the James River. According to the ferry captains on the trip over and back all of the winter waterfowl have left the area and the migrants that went farther South for the winter have not arrived on their journies yet. I did see two waterfowl on the return trip. Richmond Audubon Society trip to :Chippokes State Park ,Sunken Meadows , and ferry Join Tyler Turpin for a trip targeting Spring northward migration of Shorebirds and waterfowl as well as the arrival of our native, in Spring and Summer , Spotted Sandpipers. Trip will depart from Hardees on Route 10 in Hopewell on Saturday March 24th at 7:30 A.M. We will proceed East on Route 10 .State park Fee of $2.00 per vehicle up to 6 people per vehicle applies. First stop will be the famous Sunken Meadows site. In early April of 2005, when I was still working in Hopewell, on one of my after work visits to Sunken Meadows, I saw about 70+ Spotted Sandpipers in both ponds. After visiting Sunken Meadows we will proceed to Chippokes State Park. Group will take the trail behind the Visitor Center that leads to the area where a creek flows into James River . We will spend about 45 minutes there and then the trip ends. Lunch is on your own , or you can join your trip leader for lunch and some more birding. The trip leader plans to eat lunch at Surry House ,which changed management in 2006 , and return to Richmond via the ferry and I-64 . The ferry is a great birding platform. Call Tyler Turpin at 270-6921 to register Directions to Sunken Meadows : . From I-95 and I-295, take Route 10 towards Hopewell. At the intersection of SR 10 and SR 31, continue straight onto Rt. 626/ Oakwood Drive. Oakwood Drive becomes Lebanon Road. Travel 3.0 miles and turn right onto Beaverdam Road (still Rt. 626). Continue for 4.5 miles and turn right onto Sunken Meadow Road/Rt. 609. The northern site: Turn right on Rt. 609 and continue 2.1 miles to the bridge crossing the northern end of the pond opposite Sunny Meadow Beach Estates. Parking is limited. The southern site: Retrace your steps to Rt. 626 and Rt. 609, turn right on Rt. 626, and continue 1.2 miles to a causeway crossing the south end of the pond To Chippokes State Park from Sunken Meadows: Turn left at the intersection of routes 10 and 31 (this continues on Route 10). Turn right at the blinking light. Turn left at Route 634 (Alliance Road), and the park entrance is four miles on the left. SPECIES SEEN AT CHIPPOKES 03/10/2007 Bald Eagle American Crow Fish Crow Double Crested Cormorant Rigng Billed Gull Herring Gull Black Backed Gull Osprey SPECIES SEEN AT JAMESTOWN FERRY 03/10/07 American Crow Fish Crow Double Crested Cormorant Rigng Billed Gull Herring Gull Black Backed Gull Osprey Ringnecked Duck Common Merganser Canada Goose You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.