Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: Fall Migration
- Site Contact: (804) 225-2303, Rebecca.Wilson@dcr.virginia.gov
- Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CMT08: New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve
Depending on the tide, this site combines tidal shallows, mudflats, beach, exposed pilings, and deep offshore channels, all of which offer their own assortment of waterbirds. The low woodlands just inland attract numerous migrating land birds moving southward along this point. The boardwalk is an excellent place from which to study the lusty displays of hundreds of fiddler crabs. Numerous too, are the diminutive black and yellow seaside dragonlets, our only truly saltwater dragonfly. Canoes and kayaks may be launched here for naturalists seeking an intimate view of the marsh and its great blue herons, blue crabs, killifish, and other residents. Please remember that New Point Comfort is a Natural Area Preserve and as such, contains sensitive natural communities. Respect this area by staying on designated paths, leaving pets in the car or at home, and not removing anything from the area
From New Point Wharf, return to SR 14. Turn left onto SR 14 and continue for 1.0 miles to a T in the Village of Bavon. Turn left on Rt. 600 and follow it for 1.0 miles, turn right at a small Nature Conservancy sign, and continue for 0.2 miles to the right to the parking area and boardwalk.