3 birders participated in the Saturday March 24th, 2007 trip to Sunken Meadows, Chippokes State Park, and the Jamestown -Scotland Ferry. Osprey were everywhere. There were about 100 Gadwall in the ponds at Sunken Meadows. Because we went to Sunken Meadows first, we did not get to Chippokes until 10:00 A.M. Several regular tourist had already walked on the beach by that time and flushed the shorebirds from where College Creek flows into the James River about 50 feet from the trail which is called the College Creek Trail. Birders vacationing this week or this weekend who get to the park when the gates open might see some good shorebirds there. The last part of the creek before it reaches the river and the beach on the river at the spot where the waters join is a bunch of sandbars and mudflats.Low tide makes it even better. No Nuthatches were seen or heard. We were hoping to see some Brown Headed. Next year's inland shorebird trip will be much closer to Richmond . It will be the pond at Malvern Hill Battlefield of Richmond National Battlefield park. On Sunday there were 70 or so shorebirds on the mudflats of the partially drained pond. With binoculars , I was able to identify Spotted Sandpipers and Yellowlegs. 2 other species were present but I would have needed a scope to identify them. Next year's trip will be one of the last two Saturdays of March. I cannot guarantee that we will see shorebirds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, but I have seen them in the past on the Spring field trips to that site. The next Richmond Audubon society trip to Lewis Ginter is Saturday, March 31 . Those participating in the Ginter trip are welcome to join me afterward, on my way home , to examine the University of Richmond lake for shorebirds. The lake at the University sometimes attracts migrating shorebirds too. Sincerely, Tyler Turpin location: Surry County, VA, US Observation date: 3/24/07 Number of species: 40 Canada Goose X Mute Swan X Wood Duck X Gadwall X Northern Shoveler X Redhead X Red-breasted Merganser X Double-crested Cormorant X Great Blue Heron X Black Vulture X Turkey Vulture X Osprey X American Coot X Laughing Gull X Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull X Great Black-backed Gull X Rock Pigeon X Mourning Dove X Belted Kingfisher X Red-bellied Woodpecker X Downy Woodpecker X Northern Flicker X American Crow X Fish Crow X Tree Swallow X Carolina Chickadee X Tufted Titmouse X Carolina Wren X Ruby-crowned Kinglet X Eastern Bluebird X American Robin X Northern Mockingbird X Pine Warbler X Chipping Sparrow X Song Sparrow X White-throated Sparrow X Northern Cardinal X Red-winged Blackbird X Common Grackle X This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (http://www.ebird.org) 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.