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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CMT01: Piankatank River Landing

Description

Located along a small, marshy indentation known as Godfrey Bay, this site offers naturalists a canoe or kayak launch and views of the Piankatank River mouth at its juncture with the Chesapeake Bay. During favorable tides, and especially during migrations, the marshes, mud flats, and small white sand beach provide foraging habitat for various shorebirds and large waders. In the channel, wintering horned grebes, loons, and diving ducks can often be seen. Up to five species of tern summer here, including locally rare least and sandwich terns. Bald cypresses along the site's eastern edge, and the trees just inland, attract several species of woodland birds. These trees are especially rewarding during migration, though nesting birds are also numerous here.

Directions

From I-64, take Exit #220/SR 33 East. Proceed 17 miles to Glenns and continue straight through the light onto SR 198. Follow SR 198 16.2 miles and turn left on Rt. 626. Proceed 0.4 miles to Rt. 632, turn left, and continue 0.4 miles to the road's end.

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