Bill Williams to lead 4th Saturday Bird Walks at New Quarter Park

imageLearn more about birds during Bird Walks led by Bill Williams on fourth Saturdays from August through December, from 7 to 9 a.m. at New Quarter Park.

     Williams is a well-known birder and former educator with the Williamsburg-James City County School system who is currently director of education with the Center for Conservation Biology of the College of William and Mary.

     Williams has inspired many area residents to get excited about birds and to learn to identify them by field marks and calls. During walks he will point out osprey, heron, ducks, eagles, and hawks on Queens Creek and will help participants learn to listen for and spot songbirds in the park’s woodlands and meadows. The free walks along the park trails will intrigue young and old as they enjoy the area’s natural environment.

   New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840

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Williamsburg Bird Club

The Williamsburg Bird Club has over 200 members in and around the Williamsburg, Virginia area. Meetings are held once a month (except in the summer) in Room 150, Millington Hall at The College of William and Mary. Bird walks are held twice a month at New Quarter Park, and we have a monthly field trip to different locations throughout the year.

Become a Member

The purpose of the Williamsburg Bird Club is to:

  • Promote interest in the study of wild birds
  • Protect birds and their habitat
  • Share the joy of birding with others.

If you support these same goals, JOIN US. Here’s how:

Annual membership dues are:

Patron membership: $35
Family membership: $25
Individual membership: $15
Student membership: $5

New members joining in May through August pay 1/2 dues initially; those who join September through December pay no dues initially.

To join and receive all the benefits of the Club, click here (pdf). Print out the page, circle your preferred membership level, print your name and address, and mail with your check payable to:

Williamsburg Bird Club
PO Box 1085
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Williamsburg area local birding hotspots

Local Birding Hotspots

Greensprings Nature Trail

A 4.7-mile soft surface hiking trail which consists of three interconnecting loops through rural land. The trail has a boardwalk over a beaver pond, is located 1/2 mile from Jamestown Island, and adjacent to Mainland Farm, the oldest continually operated farm in America. The trail is being developed through a coordinated effort utilizing volunteers from the community, various state and national grants, and local resources. Green Springs Trail is located on John Tyler Highway behind Jamestown High School. Look for nesting osprey, warblers, woodpeckers, swallows, and more.

Directions: If approaching from Newport News, follow Interstate 64 W to Exit 242A. If approaching from Richmond, follow Interstate 64E to Exit 234. Both of these exits access Route 199. Follow Route 199 to Route 5 (John Tyler Highway). Turn left and follow Route 5 to Jamestown High School at the intersection of Legacy Drive. The trailhead begins behind Jamestown High School at the tennis courts.

Colonial Parkway

A 20 mile road that runs from Jamestown to Yorktown, mostly along the James and York rivers, with many parking pull-offs; expect almost anything in the varied habitats.

Jamestown Island

A 3-mile and 5-mile, one way loop road through viney woods and marshes, with parking pull-offs; excellent for woodland species and waterfowl.

Directions: When traveling east or west on I-64 take exit 242A (Route 199 West). At the second stoplight, S. Henry Street, turn right. Make another immediate second right, about 50 feet from the first right. This will take you to the Colonial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway and follow it to its end and the Jamestown Entrance Station.

Hog Island

A wildlife management area on the shore of the James River, just south of Williamsburg, in Surry County. Most easily reached by the Jamestown Ferry, with observation platforms and walking trails; great for shorebirds and waterfowl.

Access to the area is through the Surry Nuclear Power Station from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617.

York River State Park

York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage and its related marshes while providing an area for passive day-use recreation for visitors. York River State Park served as a role model for all of Virginia’s state parks in developing resource management plans. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.

Directions: The entrance is off Route 606. From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.

New Quarter Park

A 545 acre preserve that includes mature woodlands and open meadows, habitat that supports a diverse population of plants and animals. The park sits on a bluff of fossil shells and is surrounded by tidal creeks and marshes. Located at the end of Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood.

Download a brochure of birds to look for at New Quarter Park (.pdf)

From East: Take I-64 West. Take exit 242A (Route 199 West/Jamestown Exit.) Take the Route 143 exit off of Route 199 (the first exit) , turn right onto Route 143 and follow it until you come to the first stoplight, which is the Penniman Road intersection. Turn right onto Penniman Road (Magruder Elementary School is on the left) and take the first left turn onto Hubbard Lane. Stay on Hubbard Land for about a mile an until you go under an overpass just past Cobble Creek subdivision. After the overpass, make an immediate right turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road until you reach the park.

From West: From West: Take I-64 East. Take EXIT 238 toward US-60/ CAMP PEARY / COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG. (0.1 miles). Merge onto VA-143 E toward WILLIAMSBURG / JAMESTOWN / YORKTOWN. (1.1 miles). Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CAPITOL LANDING RD / VA-5 S. (0.3 miles) Turn LEFT onto PARKWAY DR / VA-163. (0.4 miles) Take the ramp on right toward YORKTOWN (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto COLONIAL PKWY / COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PKWY. (0.8 miles). Take the ramp toward QUEENS LAKE. (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto HUBBARD LN / W QUEENS DR. (0.1 miles). Take first RIGHT onto LAKESHEAD DR. and follow this road until you reach the park.

Jolly Pond

Located on Route 633 off Centerville Road. Only 2 small pull-offs, but a great location for waterfowl and for swampy forest dwellers such as warblers and flycatchers.

College Woods

On the campus of the College of William and Mary, adjacent to Lake Matoaka; enter from Compton Drive off Monticello Avenue. Area supports waterfowl on the lake and species that like mature oak and beech forest.

Waller Mill Park

The entrance is on Airport Road between the intersection of Route 645 and Rochambeau Road. Picnic areas and trails through mature woods are excellent for thrushes, vireos. Warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and more.

Governor’s Land

Two islands on the shore of the James River off Route 5 near the intersection with the Chickahominy River. Protected by a conservation easement held by the Williamsburg Land Conservancy; boardwalk across marsh and trails through the woods are good for warblers, wrens, and ducks.

Bassett Hall Woods

Off Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg, behind Basset Hall; stream, woods and a freshwater pond: look for wrens, thrushes, woodland birds.

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park York County

Dear Friends of New Quarter Park: 

The Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park co-sponsor bird walks at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, twice a month — the second and fourth Saturdays. The second Saturdays we meet at 8 a.m; the fourth Saturdays we meet at 7 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the park office. Participants can stay as long as they’d like. Generally, the leader will walk about two hours or so, but participants can peel off as they like. Walks are free and open to the public. You need not be a member to join us. Just show up! Google map.

Schedule of upcoming events | More information about bi-weekly bird walks

It’s going to be windy with a high in the 50s — a great day for a walk in the woods with your favorite birding friends. Environmental educator Hugh Beard, science teacher and member of the Williamsburg Bird Club, will be our leader.
See our latest Calendar of Events for other upcoming activities.  

See you at the Park!

Sara

Got Questions?

Call New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840 or York County Parks & Recreation at 757-890-3500

York River State Park – Great Backyard Bird Count

02/17/2012 – 02/20/2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Event Website

Great Backyard Bird Count (Friday, Feb 17th thru Monday, Feb 20th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) The Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc is a great opportunity for beginning and expert birders across North America to enjoy and record a variety of birds. This is a self guided event where participants can take as little or as much time as they wish. The York River shoreline, Taskinas Creek, and our miles of trails provide excellent birding and other mid winter adventures.

Birding

CHICKAHOMINY RIVERFRONT PARK

Amazing habitat along the Chickahominy River and Gordon’s Creek. The park has a wide variety of areas to view tidal streams and rivers. During low tide, mudflats may reveal a variety of marsh birds. Beyond the park, Osprey and Bald Eagles nest along the shores and rookeries of Egrets and Great Blue Herons are found in the nearby swamps.

COLLEGE LANDING PARK

This passive park located near downtown Williamsburg features a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek for viewing a variety of birds and other wildlife.

COLONIAL PARKWAY

A 23-mile scenic byway that connects Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Numerous pull-offs are located along the route, and more than 200 species of birds can be seen in its varied habitats.

GREENSPRINGS GREENWAY INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

More than 200 species of birds have been seen here, and hikers can view the area as Native Americans and early colonists did when they arrived in 1607. Look for nesting Osprey, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Swallows, and more.

HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE

Historic Jamestowne is located on a low-lying island vegetated with short grasses and open woodlands. It offers the birding fan salt-marsh, piney woods, riverside and pond habitats.

LITTLE CREEK PARK RESERVOIR

Great for year-round bird watching, as well as fishing and boating. This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir.

NEWQUARTER PARK & QUEENS CREEK BLUEWAY

The mature forest, ridges, bottoms, plants and wetlands of this 545-acre park provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail program has recognized the park as one of coastal Virginia’s best sites for birding and wildlife watching. Contact the park office for the schedule of nature and bird watching programs.

POWHATAN CREEK PARK & BLUEWAY

Scenic views of tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway. Facility consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe/ kayak launch with parking for 20 vehicles, and five observation/fishing piers.

WALLERMILL PARK

Picnic areas and trails through mature woods are excellent for Thrushes, Vireos, Warblers, Flycatchers, Tanagers, and more.

YORK RIVER STATE PARK

York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.

YORKTOWN BATTLEFIELD

Driving or walking throughout this historic battlefield with its open mowed fields and riparian woodland trails, birders may expect to encounter woodland birds and species that favor the open grasslands. Whitetail deer, groundhogs, and squirrels are also plentiful and conspicuous.

BASSETT HALL NATURE TRAIL

Enjoy woodlands birds, waterfowl and other wildlife along this three-mile trail winding through forests adjacent to the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.