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  • Site Contact: (757) 253-7072 glen.askins@dgif.virginia.gov
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Site CES15: Guard Shore

Description

This site is still under development. Guard Shore offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. Mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The access road traverses a salt marsh where a fortunate summer observer may catch glimpses of seaside and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows and can expect to hear clapper rails or hear the “kiki-doo” call of the elusive, nocturnal black rail on calm nights. The site's maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

Directions

Leave Gargatha Landing and go right (west) on Rt. 680/Gargatha Landing Road to its intersection with Rt. 679/Metompkin Road. Turn right on Rt. 679 and go 1.6 miles to SR 187/Nelsonia Road. Turn left on SR 187 and go 1.0 mile to the traffic light. Cross US 13 and continue on SR 187 for 2.2 miles into the Town of Bloxom. Cross the railroad tracks and take the first right onto Rt. 799/Bayside Road. Travel 0.3 miles and take a left on Rt. 684/Guard Shore Road. Proceed 1.2 miles on Rt. 684, bear left at the yield sign, and bear right at the campground. Continue on Rt. 684 for 2.1 miles to the end at Guard Shore.

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