Audubon bird walk set Jan. 9 at Vir-Mar Beach

The Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9 a.m. January 9 at Vir-Mar Beach in Northumberland County.

This small beach offers an excellent vista at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, reported publicity chairman Maggie Gerdts.

At this time of year there may be large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, said Gerdts. Among possible sightings are common golden eyes, red throated and common loons, surf and black scoters, Forster’s terns, gannets, buffleheads, common, red breasted and hooded mergansers, tundra swans and long tailed ducks.

Carpool if possible. From Kilmarnock, take East Church Street for 12.7 miles to the stop light in Burgess. Turn left on Northumberland Highway and go 1/8th mile. Turn right on Hacks Neck Road for 3.6 miles and turn left on Vir-Mar Beach Road). Continue 0.7 mile to the end and arrive at Vir-Mar Beach.

Several pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. To register for the walk, call Frank Schaff at 462-0084.

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