Only a 1 hour drive will get you from the Maryland side to the Virginia side, with a bonus of stopping off at the NASA Wallops flight facility visitor center on the way there. One thing you should bring with you when visiting this portion of the island is some black market, deet-loaded bug spray. The mosquitoes are far more aggressive than they were in MD (don't get me wrong, they were indeed awful in MD) and my husband and I suffered far too many bites (I definitely got attacked worse than he).
Despite the mosquitoes, we enjoyed this side of the island, although we saw zero ponies on this side, but perhaps that is due to the recent roundup, swim, and auction that took place in late July. The birds and mammals had a good showing, though:
|Upon arrival and parking our car, this great egret was in the adjacent creek, actively slamming his face into the water, coming up with small fish in its beak.|
|We have lots of grey squirrels in NY, we know them well, even my husband shared how this squirrel seemed different from the grey's we know oh-so-well. He was right, this is a Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel!|
|Where the pond should have been, we observed cattle egrets, which seems shorter and more squat than the great egrets. They also, when in breeding plumage have buttery yellow plumes on their head and chest.|
|But like their great egret cousins, they are also equally beautiful in flight!|
|Soon after seeing this munching bunny, we saw a less lucky bunny, foxes and birds of prey frequent the area, so I hope this little guy wises up and starts learning that big animals=seek cover, fast!|
I still have one more portion of our trip to report, but, I will leave that for yet another day.