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Wildlife Watching at Kingsmill

Eagles and Ospreys and Otters, Oh My! Kingsmill Resort offers an abundance of birding and wildlife watching. Eagles, ospreys, otters, deer, and ducks — lots of ducks — are residents of Kingsmill Resort. They may not know about the amenities and accommodations at the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in the Williamsburg area, but they […]

Kingsmill Resort,

Eagles and Ospreys and Otters, Oh My!

Kingsmill Resort offers an abundance of birding and wildlife watching.

Eagles, ospreys, otters, deer, and ducks — lots of ducks — are residents of Kingsmill Resort.

They may not know about the amenities and accommodations at the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in the Williamsburg area, but they don't seem to mind roughing it on the creeks, rivers, woodlands, and golf courses.

For visitors, the Kingsmill critters mean a wealth of wildlife watching from Halfway Creek, which flows through the middle of the resort, to the James River to the golf course and over to Wareham's Pond.

Grant Kelly, Kingsmill's sales manager and owner of The Williamsburg Project, is an avid bird and nature photographer who explores the trails and waters on foot and by kayak. Along the banks of the James River, he says, birders will see multiple bald eagles’ nests. In the spring, when they have their young, he says, you'll see the parents hunting continuously over the water to satisfy those hungry beaks.

Bird-Watching Haven

Birders can also discover great blue heron, especially on Halfway Creek, as well as white egrets and green heron. Barn owls and barred owls hoot at night. Ducks of all kinds paddle and flap on and over College Creek at the end of Halfway Creek, where there are remnants of duck blinds. Wareham’s Pond is another good site for small birds. So are the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes on the River Course and the 17th hole on the Plantation Course, home to an eagles' nest.

Early morning hours when birds are feeding or evening hours when it's cooler are the best times to go birding. They also happen to be the magic hours for light if you're a photographer.

In addition to feathered friends, you’ll find rabbits, gophers, groundhogs (if you're quick enough) and more deer than a Disney movie. In the winter, river otters cavort in Halfway Creek and later raise their young there.

For Kelly, though, it's the birds that excite him. "It really is a spectacular site to watch them," he says. "Don't forget to look up when you're walking around."

Photos taken by Grant Kelly of The Williamsburg Project

 

Written By: Elizabeth Grimes

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