Eagles have returned

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    PeterN Guest

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    Chisman Creek Seaford, Va, ~10 miles south of Yorktown, at the end of
    the street I live on abutting the creek.
     
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    PeterN Guest

    Are the eagles as seasonal near you?
    We were talking abut spending a few days in VA Beach, which is not that
    far. I want to check out the swamps and old farms near Waverly.
     
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    We usually see a few over winter in the area. Just more common
    sightings in the past couple of weeks. There is a nest up in Yorktown
    near the site of the Moore House where the Articles of Surrender were
    signed. I drive by that on weekends after the morning dog gathering on
    the picnic grounds on the York River. Haven't spied any activity in
    this nest yet.
     
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    PeterN Guest

    Thanks, I'm thinking of late Spring or early Summer.
     
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    Waverly is a fair bit inland. North of there, to the east of Hopewell
    is the James River National Wildlife Refuge. I've not ventured over
    the west shore of the James River, but have done a lot of walking on
    the east side just past Kingsmill and before Jamestown. On this side
    there is a couple mile stretch you can walk on the shore for a few
    hours on either side of low tide. Spring and summer there is a lot of
    wildlife about early in the morning. Used to start just before sunrise
    with the dog.

    http://edwardgruf.com/Buddys_Boondocks/college_creek/index.html

    http://edwardgruf.com/2012-02-26_james_wormley/

    All but the mute swans in the 2nd link are from a single morning's
    walk on that stretch.

    No matter what side of the James you're on a good resource for tidal
    info is at:

    http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/virginiasites.html
     
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    A lot of neat captures. Looks like a great place to live. According to
    Google Maps, Waverly is about a little over an hour from you. Now if my
    daughter will lend me her dog, ......
    <https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/97242118/stormy 1.jpg>

    Seriously, I think there is a lot of good material in the tidal area.
    The shooting in Waverly is totally different. Don't know if I can swing
    enough time for both. Depending on my wife's health, I can see a neat trip.
    You are lucky to live in that area.
     
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    Thanks. Yes, given the confluence of more than a few rivers with the
    bay there is one heck of a lot of tidal wetlands. On the bad side is
    that means it also creates lots of choke points during rush hours. I'm
    lucky and work 12 miles from the house and have quite flexible hours.
    But I grew up on the west side of Suffolk County, LI and worked in
    SoCal after graduate school, so I've seen traffic issues all my adult
    life. There are a lot of transient folks in the area given the huge
    military presence and it can be amazing to find folks that don't know
    what the area can offer many times right in their own back yard.

    If you can borrow the dog, weekend morning outings happen in/on the
    picnic beach area in Yorktown on the shore of the York River.

    http://edwardgruf.com/dogs_2014_1/index.html

    If the timing is right pre-sunrise color can be amazing.
    http://edwardgruf.com/2012-01-11_yorktown_am_color/
     
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    The chances of us dog sitting for more than a few hours are slim and
    none. For all practical purposes that dog is my daughter's baby.

    We lived near each other. I live in Western Nassau County, and my office
    was in Hauppague.
    The main reason we live here is our lifestyle. We are about 20 minutes
    from the beaches, less than forty minutes from NYC, a day trip to
    Tanglewood, A long weekend trip to ME, close, but not too close to
    Atlantic City & the CT casinos, and about a six hour drive to various
    other places we like to visit for a few days.
     
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    Spent my time in many a line at the state DMV office in Hauppague as a
    teen. I still have family around the area so usually get up there
    several times a year. Lots of various activities/places as you note.

    If you plan to drive down this way for your trip you might consider
    the coastal route. NJTP to Rt 1 and then Rt 113 in Del to Rt 13 at the
    Md/Va border and over the CBBT. Assateague Il is 15 min off Rt 113
    and there is a bird sanctuary right before the CBBT on the eastern
    shore of Va. I try to plan stops at each for at least one leg of a my
    trips to NY/LI. The sanctuary can be really hit or miss but it is just
    a quick stop a couple miles off Rt 13.

    After typing this I want to say I remember you mentioning the back
    road towns on the Eastern Shore in a past post, so you probably are
    aware of all the above.
     
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    PeterN Guest

    Yep. We really like the drive down the Eastern shore on the Delmarva
    peninsula. We have also taken the ferry from Cape May. It takes a lot
    longer, but the object is the journey, not the destination.
     
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    I'm wanting to do the ferry ride one day. Unfortunately, in my case so
    far the destination has been the pressing issue for the most part.
    Back in the late 70s I rode the bus to Norfolk many times while an
    undergrad. I'm still somewhat traumatized by the one ride that hit all
    the small towns down the eastern shore on a 14+ hour bus ride.
     
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    The Cape May-Lewes ferry is a decent detour well worth taking. The last
    time I took that ride was back in 1985. I need to take a trip back East
    sometime soon.
    I also remember having a great scallop meal at a restaurant out in the
    Chesapeake Bay Bridge on that trip.
     
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    On one trip the ferry slowed down so we could all see some dolphins.
     
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    At first I thought that restaurant was a tourist trap. I was wrong. :)
     
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    PAS Guest

    When we were much younger, it was a day-long event to get a car registered
    at the DMV offices on Long Island. You stood on one line to get the form to
    fill out, then another after you filled out the form for it to be checked,
    then another after it was approved to pay for the registration, then another
    to pay for the plates, then another to pay the sales tax. It was a horror.
     
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    My time was the mid-70s. The local offices were always so bad I went
    to the state office in Hauppauge most of the time.
     
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    My time was around the same time as yours, I got my junior license in 1977,
    my senior license in 1978 when I turned 18. Hauppauge was, by far, the
    better location. I lived in Brentwood which is close to Hauppauge but
    closer to Bay Shore. The DMV office in Bay Shore was a miserable place to
    be.
     
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